Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted
Clark College Foundation recently hired Harold “Hal” Abrams as associate vice president of development operations. Prior to joining the foundation, Abrams served as a fundraising consultant for Grenzebach Glier & Associates. Additionally, at Lewis & Clark College, he served as vice president for institutional advancement from 2012 to 2015. He was senior director of gift planning at University of Oregon before moving into the role of associate athletic director to oversee major giving from 2004 to 2012. Abrams has a law degree from University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in taxation law from Golden State University and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles.
Angelia Millender has been named president of Century College (Minn.), effective July 1. She has served since 2014 as president of Olive-Harvey College, a member of the City Colleges of Chicago system. Previously, Millender served Broward College as district vice president for student affairs and enrollment management; Berkeley College as campus operations officer/dean of student development and external affairs; and Robert Morris University as vice president of student services, dean of student services, director of career planning and placement, and as a member of the faculty. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and a master’s from National Louis University.
Fred Perriman, mayor of Madison, Ga., has been named to the Board of Directors of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Perriman graduated from Pearl High School in Madison and attended Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. In addition to serving as mayor of the City of Madison, he is currently the full-time pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lincolnton. His civic and charitable activities include serving on the boards of the Georgia Municipal Association, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, the Morgan County Boys and Girls Club, and Unity Morgan. Perriman’s board duties will include marketing the institution as a preferred college of choice and communicating ideas to the college president regarding local business and industry needs that could be met through programs and services offered by Georgia Piedmont.
Santa Rosa Junior College (Calif.) recently announced the appointment of Pedro Avila as the vice president of student services and assistant superintendent for the Sonoma County Junior College District. Avila has worked in the community college system for 14 years and in the private sector for six years. He served as associate vice chancellor of enrollment management, admissions & records, and information systems at State Center Community College District in Fresno, Calif. He also served the West Hills Community College District as vice president of student services and vice chancellor of institutional effectiveness and enrollment management. Avila emigrated from Mexico to Castroville, Calif., with his family at the age of nine. As a first- generation college student, he attended Fresno State University and received bachelor’s degrees in both business administration and Latin American Studies. He holds a master’s of business administration from Rockhurst University, and a certificate in institutional performance assessment from Harvard University’s Higher Education Institute.
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