Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted
Ricardo Solis began his tenure as the seventh president of the two-campus Laredo Community College District on Aug. 1. Before joining LCC, Solis served as executive dean of academic, professional and technical education at Gateway Community College in Arizona. He brings to LCC 20 years of experience in international trade and workforce development, including establishing partnerships with Mexico’s Ministry of Education. Solis expressed his desire to apply his years of experience here at LCC. Solis holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of business administration degree in international management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration and economics from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Henry Ford College (Michigan) has appointed Michael A. Nealon as the college’s new vice president of academic affairs. A New York City native, Nealon graduated summa cum laude from St. Michael’s College, earning an undergraduate degree in humanities and music history in 1983. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at St. Michael’s. In 1985, he earned a graduate degree in musicology at the University of Tennessee. In 1997, he earned a doctoral degree in musicology at Northwestern Universityl. Nealon has been in higher education for nearly 30 years, serving in both teaching and administrative capacities. His last position prior to coming to HFC was vice president of instruction at Washtenaw Community College. Previously, Nealon worked for 18 years at Lansing Community College in Lansing.
Mark Mitsui has been chosen to serve as the Portland Community College’s seventh president. Since 2013, Mitsui has served as the deputy assistant secretary for community colleges within the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education. Among his many duties was co-leading the My Brother’s Keeper Postsecondary Completion interagency team, which strives to improve college access and completion for the nation’s young men of color. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Mitsui was the president of North Seattle College from 2010 to 2013, and vice president of Student Services at South Seattle College, from 2006 to 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Western Washington University. He has pursued doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Washington, where he earned his master’s degree.
Serena Young was recently hired as the new coordinator for the Monroe County Center for Cleveland State Community College. (Tenn.) Young has worked for the college for five years and comes to the position from the Maintenance Department. Some of Young’s responsibilities include coordinating student relations activities, aiding in the development of programs and students services which will enhance student retention, assisting the Director of Off-Campus Centers in overseeing the general and daily operations and management of the Monroe County Center and performing duties related to the success of off-site locations. She will also work in cooperation with admissions and records, financial aid, counseling and career services, enrollment services and other divisions of the college and community.
The Board of Trustees of Green River College (Wash.) announced the appointment of Scott Morgan as the interim president of Green River College. Morgan’s interim appointment officially began on Aug. 1. “We are hopeful for the next chapter at Green River College," said Claudia Kauffman, chair of the Green River College Board of Trustees. The college needs to focus on healing and serving our students. The board feels that Mr. Morgan is the right person to move the College in this direction." Morgan has been a part of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) system for nearly 30 years. Most recently, Morgan retired as president of Spokane Community College, where he had also served as the chief executive officer for the Institute for Chief Operations Officer. He has Extended Learning, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Puget Sound.