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2016 July 27 - 05:26 pm

Professional Notes


Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted

Barbara R. Kavalier has been named president of St. Charles Community College. Since 2013, Kavalier served as district president for Navarro College, an institution with four campuses and one career and technical center that serves five counties in Central Texas. Prior to her role at Navarro College, she served as the president of San Jose City College in San Jose, Calif. Kavalier holds a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin, a master of science degree in business and human relations from Amberton University, a bachelor of science degree in education, majoring in English from Texas Christian University, and an associate degree from Mountain View College.

Joyce Faria Brennan has been appointed vice president for college communications at Bristol Community College. (Mass.) Brennan comes to BCC after working at Southcoast Health as the public information officer and director of marketing and public relations. She earned her bachelor of science in journalism with a concentration in public relations from Northeastern University. As vice president for college communications at BCC, Brennan will lead the college's full-service communications team, who are responsible for all marketing, advertising, media relations, publications, social media, and event production, at all BCC locations.

Gillian McKnight-Tutein has joined Front Range Community College (Colo.) as vice president of academic and student affairs. She will serve as FRCC’s chief academic/student services officer, lead the college’s online learning and workforce development departments, and oversee key academic and student support functions, including instructor credentialing, registrar’s office, and catalog and schedule production. McKnight-Tutein has been assistant vice president of academic affairs and director of distance education at Colorado Mesa University. McKnight-Tutein, has a doctorate of instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University, a master of science in human resources development and administration from Barry University, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Florida International University. She earned an associate of arts in liberal arts from the College of Boca Raton, now Lynn University.

Carole S. Goldsmith is the new president of Fresno City College (Calif.) Goldsmith is the current president at West Hills College in Coalinga. She will start her position August 1, 2016. Prior to serving as president of West Hills College Coalinga, she was in the West Hills Community College District where she served as vice chancellor of educational services workforce services and director of strategic workforce development/vocational education. Goldsmith has earned her B.A. in history from Fresno State, her M.S. in educational administration from National University in Fresno, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the joint doctoral program at UC Davis and Fresno State.

Lonnie L. Howard has been announced as the next president of Lamar Institute of Technology (Texas). Howard brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to LIT, but he also brings a wealth of life experience. The son of a Southeast Texas sharecropper, Lonnie was born in a 4-room shack with no indoor plumbing. Placed in remedial classes and not viewed as college material, he had few options after high school except to join the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge but having no employment skills, Lonnie’s first job was as a janitor in an industrial shop. Life continued to be difficult. At times, he was almost homeless, had no reliable transportation, and only ate a half can of ‘sweet peas’ in the morning and the other half that evening. Despite these hardships, Lonnie never forgot his mother’s optimistic saying, “It doesn’t matter where you start…the important thing is where you finish.”

Fortunately, he did work his way up from being a janitor to become a certified welder, crane operator, QC inspector, computer-aided drafter, and senior HR/staffing recruiter. Today, Howard is in his second college presidency and has achieved remarkable outcomes increasing enrollment, completion rates, governance, and helping to generate $15.7M in auxiliary revenue. He first served as the President of Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington and is now the President of Lamar Institute of Technology. Lonnie did not graduate with an associate until age 36; less than 12 years later, he had a total of five college degrees: AAS, AGS, BS, MS, and PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Howard also completed postdoctoral training in strategic business management (Harvard University) and emerging leadership (Penn State University).

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