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2017 June 13 - 03:08 pm

Professional Notes

Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted


Kolton R. Codner has been named to the to newly-created position of executive director of advancement and sponsored programs at the Community College of Beaver County (Pa.). In this role, he will oversee the first major gifts campaign in college history; lead CCBC’s long-term philanthropic growth; facilitate alumni, corporate and foundation relations; and work closely and collaboratively with the CCBC Foundation Board, campus constituents, and leaders and citizens throughout the region. Codner brings to CCBC a diverse background in private philanthropy, sponsored programs and government funding. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Youngstown State University.


The College of Lake County (Ill.) Board of Trustees named Rich Haney as interim president. Haney will serve in the role until a national search is completed and a board-appointed replacement assumes the role of president. Haney, who has been provost since 2013, is the chief academic officer, providing leadership for all academic programming, including adult education and workforce development. He joined CLC in 1999 as dean of Business and Industry Services and served as the assistant vice president and vice president for educational affairs prior to being named provost. Before that, he held leadership and teaching positions at Parkland College and Southwestern Illinois College. Haney received both his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


David J. Vakil has been named dean of the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Santiago Canyon College (Calif.). Vakil will administer all aspects of the academic division including the design, delivery, staffing, administrative support, supervision and evaluation of division programs, support staff, as well as student enrollment and progress. He has 17 years’ experience as an instructor and administrator within the California Community College system; four years of experience as the dean of instruction at Moreno Valley College and three years as the associate dean of academic affairs at El Camino College. He is currently working toward earning his doctorate of education in educational leadership from UCLA and has a master of science in astronomy from California Institute of Technology. His bachelor of science in physics, astronomy and mathematics — a triple major — was completed with honors at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he graduated summa cum laude.


El Paso Community College (Texas) President William Serrata was elected to serve on the national Board of Directors the American Association Community Colleges. Serrata, a nationally recognized leader, will offer important insight and perspectives to the 32-member  AACC Board of Directors. He is also a board member for Excelencia in Education, the Higher Education Research and Development Institute, the Texas Student Success Council, the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Texas Success Center Advisory Board. Under his leadership, EPCC has received numerous national accolades including being recognized as one of the Top 10 Colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2015, a recipient of the 2016 AACC Excellence Award for Student Success and was named by Hispanic Outlook Magazine as the top granter of associate degrees to Hispanic students.


Howard Community College (Md.) recently appointed Jean Svacina to the position of vice president of academic affairs After serving as the college’s interim vice president of academic affairs for seven months, she began her new role in January 2017. Past work experience includes the Howard Community College dean of English and world languages, acting division chair, associate chair, and director of English as a Second Language, full-time faculty, and adjunct faculty. In addition to her role as an academic leader, Svacina spent 26 years in the classroom, working as a full-time and adjunct faculty member for courses ranging from ESL and literature to first-year experience. Svacina holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition (Linguistics) and Teacher Education, as well as an M.A. in English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois. Her bachelor’s degree is in French and German from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


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