APPOINTMENTS: Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted
Chester “Chet” Lewis has been named vice chancellor for fiscal affairs at San Jacinto College. Lewis will be a member of the Strategic Leadership Team, providing leadership and administrative oversight to the business services of the college including financial accounting and reporting, budgeting, purchasing, auxiliary services, grants management, internal audit, facilities maintenance and construction, risk management, safety, crisis management, business continuity, elections, and police services. He holds a bachelor of science in accountancy from Arizona State University and a master of accountancy from University of Texas-Pan American.
Paul Carland has been named general counsel at Seminole State College of Florida. Carland, who is a member of the college’s Executive Team, will provide legal opinions and advice, and guide the Seminole State community on the development, refinement, review and recommendation of college policies and procedures. Carland also will lead the college’s Office of Legal Affairs. Carland holds a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in political science from the University of Florida.
Lisa Larson has been named president of Eastern Maine Community College. She is currently vice president for academic and student affairs at Hennepin Technical College (Minn.) Larson brings more than 20 years of community and technical college experience to EMCC. Her experience includes serving as dean of the Division of Construction, Manufacturing and She holds degrees from Northern State University (B.S.), Mankato State University (M.A.), and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (Ed.D).
Denis Wright, provost of Florida Southwestern College, has been named the college’s Charlotte Campus president and vice president for economic and community development for Florida Southwestern. He succeeds Pat Land, will is retiring from FSW in March. Jeff Stewart, VP Research, Technology and Accountability, will serve as interim provost/vp academic affairs. Wright has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Connecticut.
Joyce Helens, president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College (Minn.) since 2006, has been named acting president of Rochester Community and Technical College. The appointment follows the resignation of current president Leslie McClellon. Helens’ accomplishments include leading the enhancement of SCTCC’s mission to a comprehensive technically-based community college and initiating new programs to meet the changing needs of the region. Previously, she served as executive director of the University of Alaska Statewide System Corporate Programs; dean, chief instructional officer, and interim chief executive officer at University of Alaska Anchorage Community and Technical College; president of Peninsula College; dean at Collin County Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Martin’s University and a master’s from Portland State University.