APPOINTMENTS: Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted
Teresa Rhea has been the new dean of enrollment and retention at Gadsden State Community College (Ala.). Rhea has earned multiple degrees at the University of Alabama, including a bachelor of science in microbiology; masters of arts in instructional leadership and counseling endorsement; and a doctor of education. In 2000, Rhea came to Gadsden State Community College as the registrar, director of Admissions and associate dean of Student Services. In 2009, she was named assistant to the college president as well as director of institutional planning, research and effectiveness.
Derek Langhauser has been appointed president of the Maine Community College System. Langhauser has served as interim MCCS president since February 2015. A nationally recognized expert in higher education law, he has served as president of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, as an advisor to the Ford Foundation Initiative on Academic Freedom, and as chair of the Board of Editors for the Journal of College and University Law. He is a member of both the council and executive committee of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. He is a graduate of Bates College and the University of Maine School of Law.
Mark Komdat has
joined Georgia Piedmont Technical College as the institution’s vice
president of business and financial services. Prior to joining Georgia
Piedmont, Komdat served as dean of administration at the State
University of New York Ulster, a public two-year college. In that role,
he was responsible for managing a $28 million budget. Komdat previously
held leadership positions at the State University of New York at
Buffalo, including serving as business manager for the Center for the
Arts and as operations manager for the Student Activities Center. Komdat earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of business administration from SUNY.
Sharon Pierce has been named president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2016. Pierce has served Howard Community College (Md.) as the vice president for academic affairs since 2010; as chair of the Health Sciences Division from 2005 to 2010; as director of the nursing education program from 2001 to 2006; as the nursing course leader from 1993 to 2001; and she was on the nursing faculty from 1990 to 2010. She also served as a practicing nurse from 1978 to 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Maryland and a doctorate from Morgan State University.
Hara Charlier is the new president of Central Lakes College (Minn.).. Charlier has served as vice president of instruction and student services at Virginia Highlands Community College since 2012. Previously, she served Blue Ridge Community College as dean of life science and human services from 2010 to 2012; as interim vice president of instruction and student services from 2009 to 2010; as dean of life science and human services from 2008 to 2009; and as assistant professor of biology from 2005 to 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s from Miami University of Ohio and a doctorate from Old Dominion University (Va.).