Newsmakers

Interim CEOs

Gordon Burns will serve as interim president of Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina, effective August 1. Following his retirement as president of Wilkes Community College (North Carolina), where he served for 18 years, Burns served as interim president of Vance-Granville Community College (North Carolina) in 2018-2019.

Victoria Bastecki-Perez will serve as interim president and provost of Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County Community College. She has served at the college as vice president of academic affairs and provost since 2010.

Appointments

Gary Convertino has been named executive director of human resources at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts. He previously was chief human resources officer and vice president of organizational effectiveness at Dean College in Massachusetts.

Alisia Kirkwood is the new dean of student affairs at Long Beach Community College District in California. He previously was interim dean for student affairs at Rio Hondo College (California).

MD Isley has been vice president of academic affairs at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa. He had served as academic dean of business, management and information technology at the college.

John Scanlon is now executive director of institutional research at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey. He has more than 15 years of experience in institutional research and data management. Most recently, Scanlon was associate dean for data analysis and operations at Princeton University (New Jersey).

Andrew White is the new dean of business and technology at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee. He previously worked at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as director of the Aerospace and Defense Business Institute and as director of the Aerospace and Defense MBA Program.

At the Community College of Rhode Island, Bryan Brophy-Baermann is now dean for arts, humanities and social sciences, and Sean Collins is now chief of police and director of public safety, a position he has held on an interim basis since October 2017. Brophy-Baermann most recently was dean of public service and social sciences at Quinsigamond Community College in Massachusetts.

Kudos

Dennis Seymour, who is retiring as dean of business, education and justice at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland after serving the college for 42 years, will have the college’s Dundalk Campus moot court named in his honor. Materialized in 2015, the moot court was Seymour’s vision for infusing a real-life experience into the academic setting. Today, the court is used by the criminal justice department, as well as CCBC government and law enforcement partners for such things as courtroom preparation and testimony training.

About the Author

Matthew Dembicki
is editor of Community College Daily and serves as publications director for the American Association of Community Colleges.