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Rider University
Chief Information Officer / Associate Vice President for IT
Mr. Douglas McCrea

Rider University  has annouced the appointment of Mr. Douglas McCrea as its new Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. The chief information officer position has been elevated to a Cabinet position. Mr. McCrea comes to Rider after 19 years at Rutgers University, where he served in various IT roles with increasing responsibility. He most recently served as the Senior Director of Information Technology at the New Brunswick campus, where he provided both IT management and strategy, and orchestrated IT governance and cybersecurity implementation. Mr. McCrea Doug is an IT thought leader, communicator and innovator with the ability to translate technology and concepts. 

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08/07/2019 - 08:10
Clarkson University
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Robert A. Cree

Clarkson University University has announced the appointment of Mr. Robert A. Cree, currently Vice President and CFO of Wells College, as its new Chief Financial Officer. Through his experience with Wells College and previous financial roles at Ithaca College, Mr. Cree is well versed in the intricacies of the New York State higher education financial environment as well as the national marketplace for colleges and universities. With career roles spanning the banking industry, private sector companies and higher education, Mr. Cree brings a wide range of financial management experience including budgeting and financial planning, policy development and compliance and fund investment. He holds a B.S. Accounting from SUNY Empire State College and an M.B.A from Ithaca College. 

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07/31/2019 - 11:57
Broward College
Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services
Dr. Marielena DeSanctis

Broward College has selected Dr. Marielena DeSanctis as its Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs and Student Services.  Dr. DeSanctis has been with Broward College since 4/2014 and has served as its Interim Provost & SVP for Academic Affairs and Student Services since 7/2018. Prior to this post, she has served as President of its Central Campus and Health Science and Public Safety Pathways, Vice President of Student Services and an adjunct instructor. Before joining Broward College, she also served in a variety of positions with the School Board of Broward County, FL. for nine years. In addition, she has been an active committee member and leader of several professional organizations including state President of the Florida Association of School Administrators. As an engineer, she worked nationally in the field of water and wastewater. A native of Florida, DeSanctis has a doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration from Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Nova Southeastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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07/25/2019 - 07:03
Kent State University
Director of the Fashion School
Dr. Louise Valentine

Kent State University has appointed Dr. Louise Valentine as the new Director of the Fashion School. With approximately 20 years of experience with diverse institutions, Dr. Valentine is currently Professor and Chair of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee (Scotland), where she has served since 2004. In addition, as Vice President of the European Academy of Design (EAD), she recently chaired the 13th EAD conference. Author of numerous publications about design, creativity and business, Dr. Valentine holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Design degrees from the University of Dundee and a Bachelor of Arts in textiles from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland).

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07/19/2019 - 07:42
Seminole State College of Florida
Vice President of Student Affairs
Dr. Johnny Craig, II

Seminole State College has selected Dr. Johnny Craig, II as its next Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Craig comes to SSC after serving as Vice-President of Student Services and Enrollment Management for Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Milwaukee, WI. He holds a JD from Florida State University, a Masters in Education from Georgia State University and a BS in both Economics and Agri-Business from Florida A&M University.


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07/15/2019 - 12:48
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Assistant Vice Chancellor – Enrollment Management
Dr. Agnieszka Hanni

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has selected Dr. Agnieszka Hanni as its next Assistant Vice Chancellor – Enrollment Management. She will assume her responsibilities no later than August 30. Dr. Hanni comes to UWO after serving as Assistant Director of Enrollment at National Louis University, Wheeling, IL. She holds a PhD in Community Psychology and a Masters in Psychology, both from National Louis University. Her BA in Psychology is from Elmhurst College. 

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07/15/2019 - 08:37
Midwestern State University - Texas
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Dr. Beth Reissenweber

Midwestern State University - Texas has announced the appointment of Dr. Beth Reissenweber as Vice President of Finance and Administration effective August 15.  Dr. Reissenweber comes to MSU after serving as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Augsburg University and as Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at Aurora University.  She has also progressed through positions of increasing responsibility at Roosevelt University.  Her PhD in Educational Studies is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her MBA from Indiana University, and she holds the BS in Business Administration from Elmhurst College. 

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07/15/2019 - 08:34
Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation (CCAC)
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. James McMahon, CFRE

The Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation has named Mr. James McMahon, CFRE as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McMahon brings more than 13 years of advancement experience to CCAC. For the past six years, he has served as Advancement Director and Director of Development for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Carnegie Museums, he served as Director of Development for the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC and as a Fundraising Consultant for Ketchum, where he provided strategic counsel to diverse mission-driven clients on capital, endowment, and comprehensive campaigns. Mr. McMahon is an Adjunct Instructor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Master of Arts Management Program. Mr. McMahon is nearing completion of his Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He holds a Master in Philosophy in History from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College.

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06/26/2019 - 07:17
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, AZ Campus
Dr. Anette M. Karlsson

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has named Dr. Anette M. Karlsson as Chancellor of the University’s campus in Prescott, Arizona. Dr. Karlsson is a mechanical and aerospace engineer and a highly accomplished academic leader.  A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Karlsson earned her Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Rutgers University, within the area of applied mechanics. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Linkoping University in Sweden. Read more here.

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06/24/2019 - 08:46