The Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has announced the appointment of Dr. Les Cook as Montana Technological University's 12th Chancellor. Dr. Cook will begin his role as chancellor on July 1, 2019, succeeding Don Blackketter who is retiring after serving as the university’s chancellor since 2011. Dr. Cook currently serves as Vice President for Strategic University Partnerships at Michigan Technological University. Read more here.
St. Joseph’s College has appointed Robert Riley, Ph.D., currently vice provost for academic affairs at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, as St. Joseph’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. On July 1, Dr. Riley will assume the duties of the College’s chief academic officer. Responsible for strengthening an academic and value-oriented educational program, he will divide his time between SJC Long Island and SJC Brooklyn, and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet. Read more here.
Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced the appointment of Dr. John Avendano as its sixth president. Dr. Avendano will replace Interim President Kevin Hyde who has been serving in this role following the retirement of former FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau last May. Dr. Avendano is currently the president and CEO of Kankakee Community College in Illinois. He offers more than 30 years of community college experience including previously serving as the president of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents and the past chair of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium President’s Council in Illinois. Read more here.
Dr. Catherine Koverola, inaugural provost and senior adviser at the African Leadership University in Mauritius, Africa, has been named president of the University of Pittsburgh's Bradford and Titusville campuses, effective June 1, 2019. Over the past two decades, Dr. Koverola has held leadership positions at large and small institutions in both urban and rural locations. Dr. Koverola earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and a Master of Arts in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She also holds a Master of Arts in clinical child psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of British Columbia. Read more here.
Presbyterian College has announced the appointment of Mr. Jeff Scaccia as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Mr. Scaccia, a CPA, comes from the University of the Ozarks where he also served as the VPFA. Scaccia earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995 and his MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2002. He graduated from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 2015. Read more here.
Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, has announced the appointment of Dr. Mike Allen as its new president. Dr. Allen will become the first man and lay person to lead Barry University since its founding in 1940. He succeeds Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, Ph.D., who has served as Barry’s president since 2004 and will become President Emerita effective July 1. Dr. Allen is the current Vice President of Student Affairs at Catholic University where he also served for eight years as the associate vice president and director of athletics at Catholic University. Dr. Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Read more here.
The Board of Trustees of Tougaloo College has announced the selection of Dr. Carmen J. Walters as the 14th President of this historic institution. Dr. Walters succeeds Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, who is retiring June 30. Dr. Walters has served more than 24 years in Community College education. She received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from Southern (La.) University in 1984, a Master of Arts degree in postsecondary counseling from Xavier College in New Orleans in 1990 and her PhD in Community College leadership from Mississippi State University in 2009. Read more here.