Prince George’s Community College has announced the selection of Dr. Falecia D. Williams as the College’s ninth president. Dr. Williams comes to PGCC from Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., where she has served as president of the Downtown and West campuses. Dr. Williams holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction-community college leadership from University of Central Florida, Orlando, a master’s degree in education, teaching and learning, from Stetson University, Deland, Fla., and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. She also holds professional certifications from Stanford University as a Design Thinking Professional, and from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM). Dr. Williams also completed an Aspen Presidential Fellowship at the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. Read more here.
Johnson C. Smith University announces the appointment of Dr. Vijaya L. Gompa as dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She currently serves as professor of Mathematics and she served as head of the Department of Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. Dr. Gompa will begin her tenure at JCSU on June 1, 2020. Read more here.
Johnson C. Smith University has announced the appointment of Dr. Davida Loren Haywood as vice president for Student Affairs (VPSA). Haywood, a 1998 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, will be the chief officer responsible for developing a comprehensive program of services for traditional, non-traditional and graduate students. Dr. Haywood earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Johnson C. Smith University as well as a master of arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Higher Education from The Ohio State University. She will begin her tenure at JCSU on July 1, 2020. Read more here.
Southern Connecticut State University has appointed Dr. Diane Ariza as it’s new Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She will assume her new role in July, 2020. Dr. Ariza brings more than two decades’ experience of administrative leadership in social justice and a background of teaching and research in ethnic studies. She has served as a board member of the National Association for Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Conference. Dr. Ariza is currently Vice President for Community and Belonging at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Ariza holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology from Western Michigan University (WMU), a Master of Arts in Anthropology from WMU and her Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University in Florida. Read more here.
Rider University has announced that Dr. Eugene Kutcher was appointed the Dean of the Norm Brodsky College of Business. Dr. Kutcher began his appointment on April 1, 2020 after serving as interim dean since September, 2019. His appointment comes 13 years after Dr. Kutcher joined the University as an assistant professor in the Department of Management. He was promoted to associate professor and tenured in 2013 and assumed the role of department chairperson in 2015. In 2013, he received Rider's Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Kutcher graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in business management and psychology, received his master’s from Montclair State University and a doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in industrial and organizational psychology. Read more here.
Johnson C. Smith University has appointed Dr. Rhonda Moses as its new Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Moses is presently the Dean of Enrollment Management at Huston-Tillson University, a role she has held since August 2015; prior to that she was Director, Office of Sponsored Programs for Huston-Tillson University.
Dr. Yves Idzerda has been named dean of the Montana State University College of Letters and Science. Dr. Idzerda currently serves as head of the Department of Physics and professor of physics at MSU. He joined MSU as associate professor of physics in 2000. From 2004 to 2009 he served as associate director of the MSU Center for BioInspired Nanomaterials. He was named head of the physics department in 2013. Dr. Idzerda has received numerous awards, including the Charles and Nora L. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research in 2003, the Deans’ Award for Meritorious Research in the College of Letters and Science in 2004 and the Cox Family Fund for Excellence Award in 2007. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008. Dr. Idzerda also worked as a staff scientist and as head of the artificially structured materials non-linear physics section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in physics from the University of Washington, and bachelor’s degrees in physics and electrical engineering, both from Washington University. Read more here.
Loyola University Chicago has announced the appointment of Dr. Emily Barman as its Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost of Graduate Education. Dr. Barman comes to Loyola from Boston University, where she has served as its Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Sociology since 2017. Her tenure at Boston University spans over 18 years and along with her impressive academic credentials and work on complex global problems confronting society, Dr. Barman brings an acute understanding of the Jesuit mission and values. She is especially interested in building community and promoting social justice consistent with the strategic vision being developed at Loyola. A recognized researcher and author, Dr. Barman holds Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from the University of British Columbia.