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2017 February 20 - 02:45 pm

Professional Notes

Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted


L. Joy Gates Black, currently vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success at Tarrant County College District in Fort Worth, Texas, will be the next president of Delaware County Community College (Pa.). Prior to her tenure at TCC, she held a number of positions at community colleges across the country. Gates Black holds a graduate studies certificate and a master's degree in education from Cambridge College, a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, and has pursued additional doctoral studies in human and organizational development from Fielding University.

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education unanimously approved Laura L. Douglas has been named president of Bristol Community College (Mass.). Douglas is currently provost at Des Moines Area Community College’s Urban Campus in Des Moines, Iowa, since 2005 Douglas earned a bachelor of arts in social welfare from the University of Southern Maine; a master of arts in international administration from the School for International Training;; a master of arts in higher education and a doctor of philosophy in higher education from the University of Michigan.


Chevene Duncan-Herring is the new diversity and inclusion director at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Duncan- Herring has worked in many capacities in both areas at the college prior to accepting the new director’s position. Since being hired at the college in 2012, she has served as program facilitator of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, through the US Department of Labor in partnership with the US Department of Education. Holding a master’s degree in education from Trevecca Nazarene University and a bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology from Rochester College. Duncan-Herring has also served as a success coach, education counselor and adjunct faculty member at WKCTC.


Muddassir Siddiqi has been appointed president of Houston Community College’s Central College. He comes to HCC from Morton College in Cicero, Illinois, where he served as provost and chief academic officer. Siddiqi received his Ed.D. in adult education and higher education from Northern Illinois University in 2015; a master of business administration from Northern Alabama University in 2011; and a master’s in industrial technology from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2004. In addition to his expansive career experience and professional certifications, Siddiqi is a member of many education-related associations, including the American Council on Education, the Association for Institutional Research and the Instructional Technology Council.


Waubonsee Community College (Ill.) recently named John Metych III assistant dean for social sciences, education and world languages. In this role, his primary responsibilities are to provide additional support and leadership for the hiring, supervising, mentoring and evaluation of credit adjunct faculty in the division. He was previously employed at ITT Technical Institute for more than seven years, first as an associate dean and then, most recently, as the dean of academic affairs. Metych holds a master’s of education degree in human resource education and community college teaching and learning from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor of arts degree in social science from Benedictine University.

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