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2018 February 12 - 03:45 pm

Professional Notes

Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted

Baltimore City Community College announced the appointment of Dawn Kirstaetter as Vice President for Advancement and Strategic Partnerships. She is former Baltimore Deputy Mayor of Health, Human Services and Education. She also worked a chief operating officer for Associated Black Charities. In her new position, she will oversee fundraising, scholarships, alumni affairs, communications and marketing in addition to helping the college build strategic partnerships with public and private sector organizations. She will serve as the college's primary liaison to the Mayor's Office, City Hall and city agencies.


Cape Fear Community College (N.C.) announced that Angela Ballentine has joined its staff as dean of health sciences. Ballentine most recently served as vice president of academic affairs at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, N.C. Ballentine is originally from Eden, N.C. She attended Greensboro College for her undergraduate degree and later became certified in Radiographic Technology through the Radiologic Technology Department at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. Ballentine began her career as a radiographer, specializing in mammography. She worked as a mammography specialist in Houston, Texas before beginning her career in higher education at Vance-Granville. While working at Vance-Granville, Ballentine earned both a master’s of education degree and a doctor of higher education at North Carolina State University.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Samir K. Bhattacharyya, head of health economics and market access at DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Company, as a member of the Bristol Community College Board of Trustees. Bhattacharyya has 19 years of global experience in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. He has held leadership positions in sales & marketing, pricing & reimbursement, health economics & market access, and clinical research & development. He earned a masters of science in economics from the Karl Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in outcomes research and pharmaceutical economics from U of A’s pharmacy school.


Arlyn Walz has been named public safety commander at Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.), replacing former Commander Les Strickland, who transferred to the District Public Safety Office. Walz joined SCC in 2013 as a public safety officer and served as acting commander in 2015-16. During his tenure at SCC, Walz has been a strong advocate for a safe and secure campus and excellent customer service to students, faculty, staff and community members. Prior to joining SCC, Walz served for 25 years in the Mesa Police Department, including nearly 17 years as a sergeant. His assignments included supervising patrol, detectives, undercover street crime and domestic violence units as well as division coordinator of the Central Patrol Division and Bomb Squad team leader and commander.


Clark College Foundation (Wash.) welcomes Jim Parish to its Board of Directors. Parish is the owner of Parish Partners Inc., an investment and consulting firm for the restaurant industry since 1991. His work in the food and beverage industry includes providing solutions for quick service, fast casual, casual, upscale and fine-dining. Moreover, his financial and strategic expertise comprises private equity and venture investment, strategic investment, software solutions, and real estate and commercial projects. Parish provides guidance on strategy, brand growth and development, executive mentoring, compliance, and governance consulting and transaction evaluations for strategic and financial investors, and other areas of expertise. Parish divides his time between leading Parish Partners and serving as a professional board member.

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