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2017 May 11 - 04:57 pm

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Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted


Kerri Hosmer has been named vice president of adult education at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She has served as the acting vice president of Adult Education at the college for the past seven months. Hosmer holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from UA. Hosmer studied American Sign Language (ASL) I at Florida State College in Jacksonville and ASL II at Georgia Perimeter College.


Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana) has named Kristen Schunk Moreland as vice president for change management and strategic initiatives. In this role, Moreland will design and lead the change management strategy for enterprise-wide transformational projects. The role also includes responsibility for the management and leadership of a range of process improvement, process management, project management, continuous improvement, and process optimization activities. Moreland holds a master’s degree in public administration from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public affairs from IU Bloomington.


Brian W. Caputo, the new vice president of administration and treasurer at College of DuPage (Ill.), is no stranger to the institution. Caputo comes to the college from the City of Aurora, where he worked as the chief financial officer/city treasurer since 1998. Caputo holds a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy, a master of science in accountancy from DePaul University, and a master of public administration from Northern Illinois University. He also earned a Ph.D. from NIU with public administration, public policy and government finance as fields of study. He is a certified public accountant and a certified public finance officer, and he is a past president of the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association as well as a past chair of the IGFOA’s Technical Accounting Review Committee.


Zarina Blankenbaker is the new president of the Tarrant Community College’s (Texas) Northwest Campus. An accomplished leader in higher education, Blankenbaker has devoted more than 23 years to innovative leadership and learning excellence as a faculty member, advisor, financial counselor and administrator. She most recently served as the executive vice president of academic affairs and student success at Richland College in Dallas, providing leadership for more than 20,000 students. Blankenbaker earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University, a master’s degree in applied linguistics and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.


Vanessa Morest has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Westchester Community College (N.Y). Morest is an accomplished academic leader, administrator, researcher, author, and faculty member with two decades of community college experience. She is an immigrant who values public education and understands the experience of first generation college students. Her commitment to college access, student success, and academic excellence is evident in her progressively responsible experience with community colleges. Morest has taught as an adjunct faculty member in sociology at Norwalk Community College (Conn.) and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology of education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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