Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted
The Atlantic Cape Community College (N.J.) Board of Trustees named Barbara Gaba the next president of the college. Gaba will serve as Atlantic Cape’s ninth president. The board approved a resolution appointing her to a three-year term running through June 30, 2020, at an annual salary of $180,000. Gaba is currently provost and associate vice president for academic affairs at Union County College in Cranford, a position she has held since 2002. A native of New York City, Gaba received her Ph.D. from Bayero University, master’s degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
McHenry County College (Ill.) Board of Trustees has approved a contract extension for MCC President Clinton Gabbard for an additional two years, from Dec. 31, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019. Gabbard became the College’s eighth president on Jan. 11, 2016. Smith noted that during Gabbard’s first year at MCC, he has achieved great strides in a variety of areas, including collaboration, communication, inclusion, and student success initiatives. Gabbard earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology, a master of arts degree in counseling psychology from University of Notre Dame, and a bachelor of science degree in psychology and religious Studies from Evangel College.
Riverside Community College District Chancellor Michael L. Burke. announced the appointment of Bryan Reece, as the next president of Norco College (Calif.). Reece has more than 26 years of community college experience with rich teaching expertise and a range of administrative involvement. He comes to RCCD from Crafton Hills College where he served as vice president of instruction. In this role, he led the development of the education master plan and related strategic initiatives embraced by the campus community. Reece is an awarded teacher and a published author with a strong record of grant writing and fundraising. Reece is an alumnus of the University of Southern California where he earned his Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science.
Cathy Pellish, a faculty member and dean at Front Range Community College (Colo.) for 18 years, has been appointed vice president of the Westminster Campus. As vice president, Pellish will serve as the campus chief operating officer,overseeing the campus and representing the college in western Adams, Broomfield, and north Jefferson counties. Before coming to FRCC, Pellish worked for 10 years in high-tech industries as a software engineer. She has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master of science in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado- Denver.
The Board of Trustees of South Piedmont Community College (N.C.) has unanimously selected Maria A. Pharr as the new president of the college. Pharr has extensive experience in a variety of roles at community colleges, including faculty, staff and administration, as well as state-level positions. She currently serves as executive director of BioNetwork and Life Science Initiatives, a statewide workforce development program within the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) that supports the bioscience industry sector. Pharr holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Andrews University and earned her master of arts in science education and doctor of education in higher education administration from East Carolina University.