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2015 March 16 - 11:34 pm

Professional Notes

APPOINTMENTS: Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted


Alison Drake recently was named director of the Children’s Learning Center at Prairie State College (Ill.). In that role, she is responsible for managing, leading and supervising all aspects of the CLC in accordance with all applicable licensing, regulatory and accrediting agencies and the PSC Early Childhood Education/Child Development program. Drake has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and master’s degree in early childhood education from Northern Illinois University.

Robert Garza has been named president of Mountain View College (Texas). Garza, who currently serves as vice president for student success at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, will begin his tenure on April 15. Garza has 19 years of experience in higher education, distance education and student services. Garza earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University–College Station and a master’s degree in public administration from UTSA. He holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and his dissertation focused on Faculty Perspectives in Online Learning.

Karen A. Stout, president of Montgomery County Community College (Pa.), has been named the next president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., the national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement across U.S. community colleges. She will remain at the college through the current academic year and assume leadership of ATD on July 1, 2015. Stout’s 14-year tenure at MCCC has been remarkable for the broad initiatives that both expanded the college’s footprint and strengthened student success. Stout succeeds William E. Trueheart, ATD’s founding president & CEO, who is retiring.

Rhonda Tracy has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Tracy is currently the senior vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Her career has brought her to Midway College, where she held positions as vice president, dean and professor; Winthrop University, where she was an associate dean; and the University of Arkansas, Monticello, where she worked as assistant vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas, Monticello. Tracy has written more than 30 professional publications on issues related to education, literacy and technology and has served as lead investigator and/or grant writer for more than 20 grants. She currently serves as president of the West Virginia Community College Association. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina, her master’s degree from West Virginia University and her doctorate from Ohio University.

The Lamar Institute of Technology (Texas) has appointed Daniel Wright as the new vice president of academic affairs. Wright earned a doctorate in Botany from the University of Maryland and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. He also holds an MBA with concentration in Information Management Systems from Pace University in White Plains, N.Y. Wright has worked for several higher education institutions during his career.

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