New Presidents or Provosts: American River College, College of Alameda, Iowa Western CC, Jackson State U, Laney College, McDowell Technical CC, Miami Dade College, Naval Postgraduate School, U of Waterloo, Western Illinois U

January 18, 2021
  • Rudy Besikof, interim president of Laney College, in California, has been named to the job on a permanent basis.
  • Melanie Dixon, associate vice chancellor of educational services and student success at the Los Rios Community College District, in California, has been selected as president of American River College, also in California.
  • Scott Gartner, director of the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University, has been appointed provost and academic dean at Naval Postgraduate School, in California.
  • Vivek Goel, vice president of research and innovation at the University of Toronto, in Ontario, has been named president and vice chancellor of the University of Waterloo, also in Ontario.
  • Guiyou Huang, president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as president of Western Illinois University.
  • Thomas Hudson, acting president of Jackson State University, in Mississippi, has been appointed to the job on a permanent basis.
  • Nathaniel Jones III, vice president of business services at Moreno Valley College, in California, has been named president of the College of Alameda, also in California.
  • Daniel P. Kinney, president of Iowa Central Community College, has been appointed president of Iowa Western Community College.
  • Brian S. Merritt, vice president at Central Carolina Community College, in North Carolina, has been named president of McDowell Technical Community College, also in North Carolina.
  • Madeline Pumariega, executive vice president and provost at Tallahassee Community College, in Florida, has been chosen as president of Miami Dade College, also in Florida.


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