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2017 July 10 - 04:44 pm

Professional Notes

Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted


Anthony DiTommaso, vice president and general counsel, Community College of Allegheny County, has been named to the Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) Board of Directors. DiTommaso will serve a term of three years for ALT, which protects green space in Allegheny and Washington counties. “As a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania, I strongly believe in ALT’s mission to protect and steward our region’s lands and natural resources,” said DiTommaso, who has served as a volunteer for ALT programs. Recently, DiTommaso worked on ALT’s project to expand and enhance the hiking trails at the Barking Slopes Conservation Area in New Kensington. In his current role at CCAC, DiTommaso serves as inhouse counsel and provides legal advice to CCAC’s president, college officers and employees across all campuses.


Kathleen Mote has been named a vice president of operations at Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana). She was most recently served as the Madison campus president and interim chancellor for the Southeast and Columbus regions, which served 11 counties and four campuses. She began her Ivy Tech career in 2009 as a faculty member, serving as adjunct faculty, assistant professor, associate professor, and criminal justice program chair for the Madison, Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses. During her career with Ivy Tech, Mote was a practicing attorney and prosecutor. She specialized in the area of intimate partner violence for which she was honored in 2014 by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the year’s Outstanding Prosecutor. Mote earned a law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from IU.


Lori Kloos has been named interim president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College (Minnesota). Kloos has served SCTCC as the vice president of administration and chief financial officer since 2000, and has also served as acting president (2005). Previous roles have included serving in the Office of the Legislative Auditor and the Office of the State Auditor. Kloos holds a diploma from Austin Area Vocational Technical Institute (now Riverland Community College) and a bachelor’s degree from Moorhead State University (now Minnesota State University Moorhead). A search for a permanent president will be launched this fall with the goal of having a new leader in place by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.


John C. Hernandez is the new president of Santiago Canyon College (Calif.). Hernandez has served as the college’s interim president since July 2016. Hernandez has been in the field of student affairs and higher education administration for 32 years, nineteen of those years in administration. Since 2005, he served as vice president for student services at SCC where he has been an advocate for increasing opportunities for students and for partnering with others to provide a seamless delivery of support services. Hernandez earned an associate degree in arts at Fullerton College; a B.A. in sociology at California State University, Fullerton; an M.S. in counseling with an emphasis in student development in higher education at California State University, Long Beach; and a Ph.D. in college student personnel administration from the University of Maryland in College Park.


New Mexico Junior College has chosen Cathy Mitchell as its vice president for student services. Mitchell formerly was vice president of student affairs at South Plains College. Mitchell will provide leadership in all aspects of student services including enrollment and recruitment, financial aid, student housing, student life, testing center, tutoring center, and more. She will help create and guide student life policies, programs and services; and have a critical role as NMJC begins its new five-year strategic plan. Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Texas Tech University, a master of education degree in instructional technology from Texas Tech, and a master of education degree in counseling from Sul Ross State University.


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