CEO on the move

Rowena Tomaneng has been selected as the next president of San José City College (SJCC) in California, effective January 6. A first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, Tomaneng has been an educator in the California Community College system for nearly 25 years, serving most recently as president of Berkeley City College (BCC), a position she has held since 2016.

At BCC, Tomaneng’s leadership centers on social justice, student equity and community engagement. Her professional accomplishments include the development of the Berkeley Promise, expansion of BCC’s Undocumented Community Resource Center and growth of learning communities that provide wraparound student services and culturally responsive curriculum to African American, Latinx and Asian American/Pacific Islander students who are first-generation and low-income college students. Prior to BCC, Tomaneng held multiple positions at De Anza College, including associate vice president of instruction, dean of language arts, director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement and tenured faculty member.


Sandra Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland, has been named a 2019 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award honoree by the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Each year, the council selects one or more recipients to honor with the award, a prestigious national award presented to individuals who demonstrate involvement in the development and implementation of scouting opportunities for scouts and other youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds.


Tristam Aldrid will serve as dean of Savannah Technical College’s Effingham Campus. Most recently, he was a special projects assistant at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Alan Lowdon has been named director of strategic development for the National Offshore Wind Institute at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts. He was previously director of technology and innovation at the United Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Centre.

About the Author

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