APPOINTMENTS: Higher-ed leaders who have been recently appointed or promoted
Camden County College trustee Helen Albright has been elected chair of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the state association for New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. In her role as NJCCC chair, Albright will also chair the seven-member NJCCC Executive Committee. The committee includes four community college trustees and three community college presidents, and Albright will work with them to help shape statewide community college policies and projects. Albright has been a member of the Camden County College Board of Trustees since 2006.
Fernando Figueroa has been named vice chancellor for educational policy at the Dallas County Community College District. He will serve as the district’s chief academic officer and also will oversee the development and implementation of all academic and student affairs policies and strategic initiatives within the district. Figueroa earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University; his master’s degree in English from Louisiana State University and his doctorate in English, with a major field of concentration in medieval English literature, also from LSU.
Mark Hays is the Dallas County Community College District’s new vice chancellor for workforce and economic development. The position is the central point of contact for private or public entities who need information about or resources and solutions for workforce training and job development as well as business creation or expansion. Hays’ previous experience includes resource development coordinator for area economic development with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; systems operations administrator for the mayor’s Office of Workforce Development in Tulsa; financial analyst for the City of Tulsa in budget and planning; and adjunct instructor at Tulsa Community College. Hays earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
George Edwards has been named interim chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. As the system-level chief academic officer, the chancellor provides leadership, direction and support for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, institutional research and effectiveness, distance learning initiatives, professional development and external collaborative relationships. Edwards retired from Big Sandy Community and Technical College where he served as president for 14 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Berea College, a master’s degree in economics from Murray State and a doctor of education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Rob Dixon, executive vice president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as the new executive director and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association. Dixon, a community college graduate, former U.S Marine and adjunct instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College, has served as executive vice president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce since July 2013. He also served as the chamber’s vice president of business assistance.