New CEOs

William Starling will serve as president of Sampson Community College in North Carolina, effective this summer. He has served the college for 38 years and is currently vice president of academic affairs and administration. Since joining in 1979, Starling has served in many other senior administrative roles, including finance and business affairs, accreditation and personnel, construction and facility administration, program development and academic affairs.

CEO kudos

Stelfanie Williams, president of Vance-Granville Community College, has been named the 2018 President of the Year by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. She is the first leader in the college’s history to receive the honor. The award encourages, identifies and rewards outstanding leadership and commitment to the community college mission among the presidents of the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System.

Interim CEOs

Irving Hendrick has been named interim president of Riverside City College in California. Hendrick, a longtime Riverside resident and experienced higher education leader, is familiar with the college, having served as dean of education there from 2001 to 2006; interim president at Moreno Valley College from 2006 to 2008 and 2016 to 2017; and as interim district chancellor in 2008 to 2009.

CEO Retirements

Cynthia Bioteau, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, has announced her intent to retire from the college on May 31. Among her accomplishments as head of the college over the past four years include re-accreditation of the college, an improved student-retention rate and leading the college out of a probation imposed by the U.S. Department of Education. Last summer, the college launched Pathways to Work, a program focused on innovative, accelerated workforce training strategies to prepare students in entry-level occupations in construction trades, culinary arts and global logistics.

Bioteau previously was president of Utah’s Salt Lake Community College from 2005 to 2014.  She also has served as vice president for academic affairs at Forsyth Tech Community College in North Carolina, dean of developmental learning at Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts, and regional director/associate professor at New Hampshire Community Technical College in New Hampshire. She has received numerous leadership awards, including the 2012 Titan Award from the Greater Sandy Chamber of Commerce and the 2010 Athena Award from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Utah by Utah Business Magazine for both 2011 and 2009.


Vern L. Lindquist has joined Lincoln Land Community College (Illinois) as vice president of academic services. He comes from Richard Bland College of William & Mary in Virginia, where he was dean of faculty and chief academic officer. Prior to that, he was dean of liberal arts and sciences at the State University of New York at Delhi.

Thomas J. Czerniecki will serve as senior vice president of operations and administration at Rowan College at Burlington County in New Jersey. Previously, he has twice served as Evesham Township manager – currently since 2014 and previously from 2007 to 2012. Czerniecki also has held township manager positions in Eastampton and Howell.

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