Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted
The Chesapeake College (Maryland) Board of Trustees has selected Clifford P. Coppersmith as the school’s sixth president. Coppersmith, 55, is currently dean of City College, an embedded community college within Montana State University Billings, with 1,400 full and part-time students. He’s been the school’s chief executive officer in charge of academics, student affairs, finance and facilities since July 2015. Prior to City College, Coppersmith held several administrative and academic positions including over 19 years at two institutions: Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University; and Utah State University-Eastern, formerly the College of Eastern Utah. Coppersmith holds four academic degrees: a doctorate in history and anthropology from Oklahoma State University; a master’s in history from St. Bonaventure University in New York State; a bachelor’s in political science and Latin American studies from Brigham Young University in Utah; and an associate in social science from Jamestown Community College in New York State.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College has named Elizabeth Anderson the new vice president of academic affairs. Anderson brings more than 16 years of educational leadership experience to her new position at GNTC. Prior to her new role, she served as the dean of arts and sciences at Chattahoochee Technical College. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Jacksonville State University, a master’s degree from JSU in secondary mathematics education, and a doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Mercer University. She received Magna Cum Laude honors as an undergraduate and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi at MU.
The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has voted to name Devinder Malhotra as the chancellor of Minnesota State. Malhotra has been serving as interim chancellor since August 2017 after the retirement of Steven Rosenstone, who served as chancellor from 2011 to 2017. Malhotra holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Delhi and a doctorate from Kansas State University. He has also completed the Management Development Program of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education. The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the Minnesota State system and has full executive responsibility for higher education leadership and effective management and operation of the system.
Edmonds Community College (Wash.) Board of Trustees named Amit Singh as its new president. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Singh currently serves as the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, a position he’s held since 2014, at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. Singh joined Clark State from Cuyahoga Community College’s western campus — the largest institution of the four-campus district — in Parma, Ohio where he was dean of academic affairs and chief academic officer. Singh holds four graduate degrees: a doctorate in economics from Ranchi University, India; a master’s in finance from Georgia State University; a master’s of business administration from Salisbury University, Maryland; and a master’s and bachelor’s in economics from Patna University, India.
California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, to the prestigious Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Rodriguez now begins a renewable, three-year term representing California on the WICHE Board of Commissioners following the California State Senate’s confirmation of the appointment. WICHE began in the 1950s to empower higher education systems of 15 Western U.S. states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to share resources, promote innovation, and increase cooperation in higher education. With a focus on higher education issues such as finance, workforce and accountability, California plays a major role in ensuring the success of WICHE. Born and raised in San Francisco, Rodriguez attended the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Chicano studies and his master's degree in community development. He received his Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University, and serves as a lecturer in the doctoral education programs at Sacramento State University and at San Diego State University.