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V5I4: Welcome New Presidents


Chancellor, Kevin Brockbank, Community Colleges of Spokane

Dr. Kevin Brockbank became chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane on May 1, 2023. He has dedicated his expertise and commitment to CCS since starting as vice provost of Strategic Partnerships from 2015 to 2017. Following that, he served as president of Spokane Community College from 2017 to 2023.

Before working at CCS, Dr. Brockbank was the dean of the School of Applied Technologies and Professional Development at Salt Lake Community College from 2013 to 2015. He was also interim associate dean and department chair of Industrial Technology at Missoula College, a two-year college affiliated with the University of Montana, from 2011 to 2012.

Dr. Brockbank earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, a masters in Curriculum Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Technology all from the University of Montana.

 

President, Matthew Campbell, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Dr. Matthew Campbell became the president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, effective May 1, 2023. Dr. Campbell previously held the position of Interim President for Pierce College Puyallup and Vice President for Learning and Student Success, Pierce College Puyallup.

Dr. Campbell holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Temple University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

 

President, Chemene Crawford, Everett Community College

Dr. Chemene Crawford was named president of Everett Community College, effective July 1, 2023.

Dr. Crawford was previously president and CEO of North Seattle College. She has worked in higher education for over 30 years, including in roles from full-time faculty member to associate vice chancellor, previously serving at Dallas College and other colleges and universities.

Dr. Crawford earned a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s in human resources and organization development, and a bachelor’s of science in organizational behavior, both from University of San Francisco.

 

President, Chio Flores, Pierce College Puyallup

Dr. Chio Flores became the president of Pierce College Puyallup, effective June 1, 2023. Dr. Flores previously held the position of Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at Wenatchee Valley College (WVC).

Dr. Flores holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education and Administration from Washington State University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Eastern Washington University.

 

Acting President, Jenni Martin, Spokane Community College

Jenni Martin was selected to be Acting President of Spokane Community College, effective May 1, 2023. Previously, she worked as Vice President of Instruction. She has worked at the Community Colleges of Spokane in various capacities, including dean of Extended Learning, assistant dean of Adult Basic Education, WorkFirst manager, and adjunct faculty.

Prior to working at CCS, she was employed at Eastern Washington University (EWU) as the head women’s soccer coach and also served on the faculty at EWU and CCS. Ms. Martin has a Master of Education degree in Adult Education from EWU and earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Gonzaga University.

 

President, David May, Bellevue College

Dr. David May began his tenure as President at Bellevue College on July 1, 2023. Dr. May was most recently interim president of Eastern Washington University from 2020 until 2022. Before that, he had served as vice provost, interim provost, and then provost and vice president for academic affairs at EWU.

Dr. May holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and MA in Political Science from Washington State University and a BA in Political Science from Whitman College.

 

President, Stacee McIff, Snow College

Stacee McIff became the President of Snow College, effective May 1, 2023. She previously held the position of Interim President of Snow College.

Before she was appointed as interim president, President McIff led the college’s expanded mission into technical education and served as Vice President of Technical Education and Workforce Engagement for two years, after serving for a time as Associate Provost and as Business Department Chair for eight years. She has held a faculty role at the college since 2006.

President McIff holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University and a master’s degree from Utah State University.

 

Chancellor, Aparna Palmer, University of Alaska Southeast

Dr. Aparna Dileep-Nageswaran Palmer has been appointed to serve as the Chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), effective July 1, 2023.

Dr. Palmer previously served as a Vice President at Front Range Community College (FRCC), which is part of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Washington State University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in English from Colorado State University.

 

President, Deana Porterfield, Seattle Pacific University

Dr. Deana Porterfield has been elected as President of Seattle Pacific University, effective July 1, 2023.

Dr. Porterfield previously served as President of Roberts Wesleyan University and Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan University.

Dr. Porterfield earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA, a master’s degree in organizational management and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.

 

President, Kelly Ryan, Eastern Oregon University

Dr. Kelly Ryan has been elected as President of Eastern Oregon University, effective July 1, 2023.

Dr. Ryan previously served as the interim chancellor at Indiana University Southeast.

Dr. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master of Arts in History from Boston College, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University.

 

President, C. Shane Reese, Brigham Young University

Dr. C. Shane Reese has been selected as President of Brigham Young University, effective May 1, 2023.

Dr. Reese previously served as the academic vice president at BYU.

Dr. Reese began his career with BYU in 2001, teaching statistics. He eventually became dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in 2017, before becoming academic vice president in 2019. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU and his doctorate from Texas A&M.

 

President, John Scholz, University of Oregon

Dr. John Scholz been selected as President of University of Oregon, effective July 1, 2023.

Dr. Scholz previously served as provost and professor of economic policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served in two United States presidential administrations, working in both the U.S. Treasury Department and the Council of Economic Advisors.

Dr. Scholz graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and earned his doctorate from Stanford University.

 

Interim President, Jessica Taylor, Multnomah University

Dr. Jessica Taylor has been appointed Interim President of Multnomah University, effective April 20, 2023.

Dr. Taylor previously served as Multnomah’s Vice President of Diversity & Inclusive Development.

Dr. Taylor earned her B.S. in Human Development, her M.A. in Human Services, and her Ph.D. in Christian Counseling.

 

President, John Mark Yeats, Corban University

Dr. John Yeats has been appointed President of Corban University, effective June 1, 2023.

Prior to Corban, Dr. Yeats served as Vice President of Student Services, Dean of Students and Student Success, Title IX Coordinator, and Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Yeats earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, Criswell College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

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