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2017 November 29 - 07:55 am

Professional Notes

Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted

The Community College of Beaver County (Pa.) Board of Trustees welcomed a new member at their recent board meeting. Brian Gelb has been appointed to fill an unexpired vacancy on the CCBC Board by the Beaver County Board of Commissioners. Gelb is currently employed by Royal Dutch Shell as the Human Resources Manager for its Pennsylvania Chemicals Project. As a human resources professional for the last 24 years, Gelb has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects with globally recognized companies such as Shell and Nestlé, and brings to the board insights into various aspects of business operations, including manufacturing and supply chain management.


Cape Fear Community College (N.C.) announced the hiring of John Downing as director of customized training and workforce development. Downing is former director of customized training at Forsyth Technical Community College (N.C.) In that position, Downing partnered with local area manufacturers to provide training for their new workforce. And since then, FTCC has ranked the third largest in the state in terms of expenditures for three consecutive years. Prior to his time at FTCC, Downing spent 14 years with the N.C. Department of Labor Apprenticeship and Training Division. While there, he worked with the manufacturing and construction industries to design, develop, and administer apprenticeship programs.


Raritan Valley Community College’s (N.J) Board of Trustees welcomed new member Felecia Nace. Nace was appointed to the position by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Nace is the owner of Partners 4 Educational Change, an international education consulting firm. Author of Massaging the Mindset: An Intelligent Approach to Systemic Change in Education, Nace is a former language arts teacher in Montclair Public Schools and was employed as an education specialist for 13 years with the N.J. Department of Education. She also served as an adjunct professor in the English Department at Mercer County Community College. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from New Jersey City University; an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Regent University; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University.


South Plains College (Texas) has announced the hiring of Kevin McConic as the executive director for the college’s Lubbock Center. Prior to coming to SPC, McConic worked as the manager of education and community relations with United Supermarkets, a position he held since 2016. He was responsible for identifying partnership opportunities and building key relationships with independent school districts, community colleges and culinary arts schools.

He also partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission on initiatives to support filling positions within United. McConic also worked as a learning and development specialist at United Supermarkets from 2006 to 2010. He worked as a loan operations specialist for one year with State National Bank.

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