Higher-Ed Leaders Who Have Been Recently Appointed or Promoted
Tunxis Community College (Connecticut) announced that Tracy Ariel has joined the college as executive director of Tunxis@Bristol, to help lead the satellite location and expand training and educational programs with industry partners, manufacturers, and the community. In her new role, Ariel will be responsible for the administration of the satellite location, working with staff to achieve Tunxis@Bristol’s strategic goals. In collaboration with the director of Business & Industry Services at the Bristol satellite location, she will help direct the development of programs that assist area employers in training their workforce, and work with area high schools to expand programs that create college connections. Ariel most recently served as director of Advanced Manufacturing Centers at the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system office. During her tenure, she oversaw development and launch of a marketing campaign funded by a grant from the Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, which resulted in greater awareness of advanced manufacturing programs and enrollment increases in CSCU’s Advanced Manufacturing Centers statewide. She also coordinated apprenticeship programs, served as coordinator of CSCU’s Early College Opportunities programs, represented CSCU in matters related to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, and acted as the CSCU interface with Tooling U, an organization that delivers competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing sector. Ariel brings over 20 years of experience in business management to her position, and holds a master’s degree in business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford.
Joanne Ceres is the new vice president of student services and enrollment management at Cape Fear Community College. (N.C.) She brings 25 years of higher education administrative and leadership experience to CFCC. A New Jersey native, she holds a master's degree in human services administration from Rider University. Joanne formerly served as interim vice president of student development services and dean of enrollment management and student services at Pitt Community College in Winterville, N.C. By drawing from her experience in working with students at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J. and, most recently, Pitt Community College, she brings with her a familiarity and understanding of the North Carolina Community College experience and an appreciation of front-line interaction.
Community Colleges of Spokane (Washington) announced Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson to serve on its Board of Trustees. Johnson is serving his fourth term as mayor of Pullman and is a well-respected community leader who is especially well known at the “Voice of the Cougs” — the public address announcer for WSU Cougar football and men’s basketball. He is a professor emeritus for WSU where he taught classes in television news, media management and public speaking. Johnson’s relationship with community colleges reaches back to his own education, when he earned an associate of arts degree from Modesto Junior College in California. He continued his education, eventually earning his Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Iowa. Spokane Falls Community College’s campus in Pullman last year moved onto the campus of WSU to better serve its students. Johnson has been a supporter of SFCC’s growing role in Pullman and was a speaker at the grand opening celebration for the new site last fall.
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