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2016 October 24 - 04:44 pm

Professional Notes


Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted

Rancho Santiago Community College District (Calif.) announced the appointment of Brenda Estrada as director of special programs at Santa Ana College (Calif.). Estrada will direct the operations of the college’s Veterans Resource Center.

Her duties will include providing comprehensive reports to the U.S. Department of Education, evaluating program functions to ensure that student veterans are being adequately served, and supervising the VRC’s professional support staff. Since 2014, Estrada served as assistant director of educational access for the Veteran Resource Center at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a B.S. in human services and an M.S. in higher education from California State University, Fullerton. She is working towards earning an Ed.D. in educational leadership at California State University, Long Beach.

Heidi Popham, vice president of institutional effectiveness at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, has been named the college’s executive vice president. In her new role, Popham will be responsible for institutional effectiveness and academic affairs, student affairs, and adult education. In 2007, Popham became the director of institutional effectiveness and was promoted to vice president in 2009. Popham earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Covenant College, master’s degree in adult education from the University of Georgia and doctoral degree in adult education from UGA.

David Podell has been named president of MassBay Community College (Mass.) Podell previously served as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in New York since 2008. He has also served as the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He earned a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a masters of education in child development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a doctor of philosophy in educational psychology from New York University.

Kandi Deitemeyer has been named the fourth president of to be the college’s fourth president of Central Piedmont Community College. Deitemeyer will begin her tenure at CPCC in early January 2017. Deitemeyer is the current president of College of The Albemarle based in Elizabeth City, N.C. Born and raised in Florida, Deitemeyer’s career path began at Polk Community College, where she graduated with an associate in arts. From there, she went on to earn a bachelor of mass communications and public relations, a master of counselor education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida. Her career has spanned 24 years in higher education, with 22 of those serv- ing community colleed Kelly McCalla as interim ges in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. )

Riverland Community College (Minn.) has namvice president of academic and student affairs. McCalla has been serving as Riverland’s dean of the arts, humanities and social sciences division since 2014. With more than 20 years of higher education experience, McCalla spent much of his career at Central Lakes College, a community and technical college serving the Brainerd/Staples region of Northern Minnesota. More recently, he served as an academic dean at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead. His education credentials include doctoral work at the University of St. Thomas, master and bache- lor’s degrees in English fromby Bemidji State University, and an associate in arts degree from Brainerd Community College (now Central Lakes College).

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