Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promotedd
Megen Saez, associate professor of computer and information systems/ Business Department chair at Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.), was recently appointed to the Malcom Baldrige Board of Examiners. The organization is comprised of “an elite group of professionals who commit their knowledge, skills, and time to evaluate applicants for the only Presidential award for any organizational performance excellence.” As a member on the board of examiners, Saez will be sent to organizations who apply for the National Baldrige Award to evaluate them based on the Baldrige standards/criteria. The Baldrige Board is well known for its high standards of excellence at the national level, and is ranked with top government organizations in regards to its practices.
Daniela Weinert, discipline chair for German at Central Piedmont Community College (N.C.), has been named president of the board of trustees for the German Language and Culture Foundation, an organization dedicated to not only promoting the study of the German language in Carolina schools and universities, but also raising awareness of the German language and culture throughout the greater Charlotte area. As president, she will oversee the Foundation’s grant application and fundraising efforts, annual budget, scholarship endeavors and networking opportunities. In addition to her new role at the foundation, she will continue to serve as discipline chair of CPCC’s German program. Weinert graduated from Friedrich- Alexander University in Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, in 1997.
The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents named Mackenzie Wilfong as TCC’s general counsel. Most recently, Wilfong served as associate general counsel for the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents and Oklahoma State University. Wilfong will be responsible for handling grievances, policy development and contract review for TCC, Oklahoma’s largest community college. In addition, she will assist TCC in navigating an increasing complex regulatory environment in higher education. Wilfong has a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and administration from University of Oklahoma.
Waubonsee Community College (Ill.) has named Diane Nyhammer as the college’s vice president of educational affairs. She comes from Blackhawk Technical College where she was vice president of learning/chief academic officer since 2013. Nyhammer served for more than 11 years as a full-time English faculty member at McHenry County College and has more than 10 years of experience as an academic administrator. In addition to working at associatedegree granting institutions, she has also worked at the state and national level as the assistant director for academic affairs for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and as assistant director of accreditation services for the Higher Learning Commission. She received her Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola University. She also earned an M.A. in English from Northern Illinois University and her B.A. in English from Barat College.
Web Grubb has joined Randolph Community College (N.C.) as director of the college’s Small Business Center. In this position, he is responsible for organizing, implementing, and administering the Small Business Center program, which provides free seminars, small business counseling, and links to resources for local entrepreneurs. Grubb said his goals for RCC’s Small Business Center are “to promote positivity, collaboration, and job creation within the small business community” and to increase the visibility of the Small Business Center and its services in the community. Grubb earned a bachelor’s degree in Business administration, business management and marketing from Appalachian State University in 2012.