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2015 December 29 - 10:01 pm

Professional Notes, Dec. 7

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

After nearly 13 years as chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, Rufus Glasper, Ph.D. is retiring to become president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College. Glasper has served The Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest community college systems, for more than 29 years in a variety of roles from director of finance, CFO and Vice Chancellor. He was named Chancellor in 2003. Glasper earned his doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona; a master’s and advanced degrees in school business administration from Northern Illinois University; and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College. In May 2005, he was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in political science from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and in May 2013, he was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. In May 2014, Glasper was the recipient of an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters from Northern Arizona University

Sheree Utash has been named president of Wichita Area Technical College (Kan.). She has been serving as interim president at WATC since July 2015. Prior to that, Utash served as the vice president of academic affairs for seven years. Utash embraced her new appointment and voiced excitement for the future of WATC. “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead a college with such a strong commitment to student learning and success, as well as one with a reputation as a leader in providing career and technical education. WATC is a Kansas Board of Regents institution and the state’s leader in modern technical education, offering 100 programs of study in aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, design and business. Utash has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kansas State University; a master’s in communication, sociology and education from Wichita State University; and a PhD in community college leadership from Colorado State University.

Kristine Strickland, executive dean of the Delgado Community College West Bank Campus, has been named chancellor of Fletcher Technical Community College (La.). Strickland has almost 20 years of professional experience in higher education. Prior to her service at Delgado, she served as vice president for enrollment management and student development at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans; vice president for student services and student financial assistance with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; and as dean of student affairs at Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma, where she has now been named chancellor. Strickland holds both a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Ohio University; a doctorate in leadership for higher education and a post-master’s certificate in enrollment management from Capella University. She is also an alumna of the Harvard University Institute of Higher Education Management and has earned a certification in enrollment management from Noel Levitz.

Lucia Nuñez has been named vice president for equity, inclusion and community engagement at Madison College (Wis.). She is currently director of the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights and will begin her service in the newly created position at the college Jan. 4, 2016. Her responsibilities will include providing leadership, innovation and vision for diversity and inclusion efforts. Nuñez will also lead efforts to enhance engagements with the communities throughout Madison College’s 12- county district. Since 2006, Nuñez has served as director of the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights. Nuñez received her bachelor’s degree in political science and hispanic studies from Connecticut College and earned a master’s degree in international education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Ivy Tech Community College (Ind.) has selected Brendan Aldrich as the college’s new chief data officer. As chief data officer, Aldrich will be responsible for enterprise-wide data and information governance, control, and data use policy development. He will ensure that appropriate data are captured and that the college has adequate processes in place to determine quality, availability, and analysis to help leadership make strategic business decisions to improve student success. Aldrich most recently served as executive director of enterprise information management at City Colleges of Chicago where he was responsible for data oversight, reform, and modernization of one of the nation’s largest community college districts. Aldrich earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from California State University.

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