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2017 August 13 - 12:32 am

Professional Notes

Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted


Rancho Santiago Community College District named Madeline Grant as dean of the business division at Santa Ana College (Calif.) In this role, Grant is responsible for leading and administering all aspects of the division, including the design, delivery, staffing, administrative support, and supervision of all division academic programs. Grant earned a B.A. in international relations and business administration from the University of San Diego and an M.B.A. in international business from the Claremont Graduate School. She has also earned a credential as a Certified Global Business Professional and accredited CGBP trainer. She serves as a member of the Santa Ana College Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of Women in International Trade of Orange County and NASBITE International.


Anton “Tony” E. Wohlers has been named dean of behavioral and social sciences at Harford Community College (Maryland). Wohlers most recently served as a tenured faculty member and director of academic enrichment at Cameron University (Lawton, Oklahoma). He received B.A. degrees in history and political science from the University of Saarland, Germany, and a B.A. in political science from Sonoma State University. He also earned an M.A. in political science from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.


Union County College (N.J.) welcomed Mensah Peterson as the new dean of students. He returns to Union after having served for two years at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Peterson was previously employed at Union for eight years. During this time, he held three different positions with his final role as the Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives. Mr. Peterson is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Rowan University. He has his master’s degree in Counseling and his bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Portland Community College (Oregon) has bolstered its leadership team. Katy Ho has been named the new vice president for academic affairs, while Robert Steinmetz has been chosen as the next vice president of student affairs. Ho returns to PCC from Honolulu Community College where she has served as vice chancellor of academic affairs since 2014 after working as the college’s dean of students. In this role, she was the chief academic officer and accreditation liaison for the college and oversaw student services, academic support, curriculum, and technology services. She holds a master’s degree in student services administration and a doctorate in community college leadership from Oregon State University. Steinmetz has served as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania since 2010. There he has provided leadership and strategic direction for the institution’s admissions, career and transfer services, counseling and academic advising, disability support services, financial aid and athletics, among other service lines. In addition to an associate degree in science from Chattanooga State Community College, he has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, as well as a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama.

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