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2015 December 29 - 10:03 pm

Professional Notes, Dec. 21

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

Ivan L. Harrell II has been appointed as executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Prior to joining Georgia Piedmont, Harrell served as vice president of student success at Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas, as well as dean of student services at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland He completed his doctor of philosophy degree at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he defended his dissertation, titled “Using Student Characteristics to Predict the Persistence of Community College Students in Online Courses.” He holds a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University.

The Coast Community College’s Board of Trustees has approved Julia Clevenger’s selection as Orange Coast College’s (Calif.) director of college and community support. The new position oversees OCC’s Community Education department, the OCC Swapmeet, the OCC Recycling Center, OCC Facilities Rentals, and the college’s mailroom and reprographics facilities. Clevenger previously served as the executive assistant to OCC President Dennis Harkins. Prior to that she was a staff assistant in the OCC Foundation, and a senior secretary in Instructional Programs and at the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship. Clevenger began working at Coast as a student assistant in 1987, eventually becoming an accounting technician in the Community Education Department until 1995.

Lone Star College (Texas) announced Seelpa Keshvala has been named as the new president of LSC-CyFair after a nationwide search. Keshvala currently serves as president of the Warsaw Campus of Ivy Tech Community College, Warsaw, Indiana, since March 2014 where she previously served as vice chancellor and executive dean since 2012. Keshvala holds a Ph.D. in urban education with a concentration in educational administration; a M.S. in curriculum and instruction; and a B.S. in elementary education all from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Kathryn E. Jeffery is the new superintendent and president of Santa Monica College (Calif.). Jeffery is currently president at Sacramento City College and brings over three decades of higher education experience to her new role. Jeffery served as president of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota; provost/chief campus administrator at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas; vice president of Columbia College in the Yosemite Community College District; and as dean for faculty and staff diversity/development and dean for student services at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. She holds a PhD in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of science in applied behavioral studies in education (counseling) from Oklahoma State University (OSU), and a bachelor of music education with a major in piano and minor in voice, also from OSU.

Jim Yeonopolus has been named chancellor of Central Texas College. Yeonopolus has served as interim chancellor since June. Yeonopolus is an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. He served as president of the Vietnamese Airborne Division Association in 2003-04 and was recognized for his military accomplishments by being named the 2008 Airborne Man of the Year. Following military service, Yeonopolus began his CTC career in 1973. He first served as a counselor for student services and has since held numerous jobs including deputy chancellor, assistant deputy chancellor and dean. He holds a master of education degree from the University of Arizona; a Bachelor of science degree in education from Southwest Texas State University; and associate of arts degree in business administration from Temple Junior College.

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