APPOINTMENTS: Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted
Rancho Santiago Community College District has named Archana Bhandari as director of academic support at Santa Ana College. Bhandari brings 17 years of experience to the new position. Previously, she served as director of instructional technology for the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s School of Social Work Bhandari earned an M.S. in management information systems from Bowie State University. She has a graduate diploma in higher education from UNITEC, Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
Molly Lynch has been named acting provost of Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas Campus. Lynch joined the NOVA faculty in July 2003 and quickly became involved in campus, college and statewide initiatives. She chaired the Instructional and Student Services Committee and the college-wide Achieving the Dream team. Since 2014, Lynch has served as dean of the Manassas Campus Communications Technologies and Social Sciences Division. She holds a doctorate in social psychology from The Ohio State University.
Laurie Occhipinti has been named new dean of liberal arts, humanities, education, and communications at Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) A native of Beverly, Mass., and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Occhipinti said her first priority is to get to know the college, students and faculty. Occhipinti joined Clarion University, a public institution, in 2003 as an assistant professor of anthropology and was subsequently promoted to associate professor and full professor. Occhipinti earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Washington State Community College has named Allen Shore as the new dean of arts & sciences. He has served as WSCC’s chair of the Math Department for several years, which was preceded by his work at Bryant & Stratton College and West Virginia University. Shore has a master’s in mathematics from Murray State University; a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from Appalachian State University. He also earned two associate degrees at Caldwell Community College.
Dirk Wilmoth has joined Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (N.C.) as CFO/vice president of business and finance. Prior to joining A-B Tech, he was vice president for operations and vice president for business and finance at Emory & Henry College. He also he held CFO positions at Pfeiffer University, Montreat College and McDowell Technical Community College. Wilmoth obtained a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s in public administration from UNC at Chapel Hill, a master’s of science in education from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. His doctoral dissertation concerns the economics of fundraising in higher education.