Janet Garrity graduated from Immaculata with a degree in economics followed by an MBA from Villanova University. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014, and most recently as the Chair of the Finance and Property Committee. In this position, Ms. Garrity has spent time on the Board Task Force, working with the Administration and members of the Business Office. She possesses an outstanding background in corporate finance, having served in roles at Bell Telephone, Bell Atlantic, and eventually Verizon. Ms. Garrity retired in 2013 as Verizon’s Vice President, Finance and Cash Operations, a position she held since 2000.

RPA Inc. is pleased to announce that Springfield College has engaged as its new Dean, Dr. Brooke Hallowell, who is the founding Executive Director of the Collaborative on Aging, and Coordinator of Graduate and Undergraduate Gerontology Certificate Programs at Ohio University.  Dr. Hallowell also serves as Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Director of the Neurolinguistics Laboratory, Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Asian Studies at Ohio University. She previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Programs in Ohio University’s College of Health and Human Services, and as Director of the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences. She was the founding Co-Director of the Ohio University Global Health Initiative, founding Coordinator of the Ohio University Diabetes Research Initiative, and founding co-director of the Ohio University Appalachian Rural Health Institute.  Professor Hallowell earned her Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Lamar University, Certificat d’Etudes Supérieures from the Conservatoire National de France, and A.B. (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University.

RPA Inc. extends congratulations to Dr. Amy McCormack, who has been appointed President of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. Dr. McCormack currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Dominican University, a Catholic, Hispanic-serving Institution in River Forest, Illinois. In this capacity, she manages the University’s budget and endowment, and she also oversees facilities, security, risk management, human resources, and auxiliary operations. She is a key member of Dominican University’s strategic planning committee and has also chaired the University’s master planning process and the enrollment resources task force. In addition to her administrative work, she has also taught accounting and auditing courses at Dominican University. Dr. McCormack was a Fulbright Scholar in 2015 and serves on the Development Board for the Comer Children’s Hospital and the Board of Directors for the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. RPA Inc. wishes Dr. McCormack and Calumet College of St. Joseph great success in their new partnership.

Thomas Nelson Community College has appointed Dr. Susan English as its next Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. English currently serves as the Interim Division Chair of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics at Guilford Technical Community College, a position she has held since 2014. Dr. English also serves Guilford as its Director of Instructional Support & Special Projects. RPA Inc. wishes Dr. English and Thomas Nelson Community College great success in their new partnership.

RPA Inc. extends congratulations to Dr. Molly Lynch, who has been appointed Provost of the Manassas Campus at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Dr. Lynch has dedicated her career to higher education through teaching and leadership. She has served NOVA in multiple roles since 2003 and brings a wealth of knowledge about the Manassas Campus and NOVA as a whole.

RPA Inc. extends congratulations and best wishes to Empire State College and Andrea Hennessy on her appointment as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Andrea brings 19 years of higher education experience in both enrollment management and academics. She served as Managing Partner and Consultant with Peak Enrollment Consulting and previously held various positions with Nyack College including Vice President of Enrollment & Marketing and Assistant Vice President & Dean of Adult Programs.

Congratulations to Thomas Nelson Community College on securing Seyed Akhavi as the next Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology. Mr. Akhavi has worked in higher education for nearly 30 years and currently serves as the Dean of the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.

Best wishes and congratulations to Dr. Diane Walleser on being named as BMCC’s first Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Walleser brings over 14 years of progressive higher education experience in large comprehensive community colleges and holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Edgewood College in Wisconsin. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services at Columbus State Community College.

Delaware Valley University has appointed Jennifer Sauer as the next Vice President for Finance and Administration! Ms. Sauer brings 30 years of experience from her work at Immaculata University and the University of Richmond.

Congratulations to Anthony DeMarco and Alvernia University on his appointment as its next Vice President for Advancement! Mr. DeMarco is returning to advancement after five successful years in Minor League Baseball as Vice President for the Lancaster Barnstormers.

RPA Inc. extends congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Martha Potvin and Springfield College on her recent appointment as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs! Dr. Potvin has been a leader in academic administration for more than 15 years and is an experienced teacher as well as a prolific writer.

RPA Inc. is happy to announce that Dr. Pamela Tipton Hilbert has been appointed as the next Provost of Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. She comes to NOVA from Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina, where she has served for the last three years as President.

The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has approved the appointment of Ms. Geraldine Jones as the seventh President of California University.  To learn more about Ms. Jones, please visit: Learn More

Congratulations to Briar Cliff University on securing Dr. Hamid Shirvani as the University’s 10th President. Dr. Shirvani previously served as a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and brings 37 years of experience in higher education.

RPA Inc. extends congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Michael R. Laliberte and SUNY Delhi on his recent appointment as President! Dr. Laliberte brings more than 20 years of higher education experience and ten years as a senior administrator to his new role and Delhi’s chief executive.

RPA Inc. would like to extend best wishes to Dr. Hara Charlier on becoming the new President of Central Lakes College! Dr. Charlier comes to CLC from Virginia Highlands Community College, where she has served as Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.

Congratulations to Eric Bruntmyer and Hardin Simmons University on his appointment as its next President! Previously, Mr. Bruntmyer served as the Vice President for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University.

RPA Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Gallo will become DelVal’s 13th President! Maria currently serves as the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawa’I at Manoa.

We are excited to congratulate Borough of Manhattan Community College on appointing Dr. Christopher Shults as the new Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning. Dr. Shults brings a wealth of experience to BMCC including his former position as Executive Director for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Suffolk County Community College.

Warmest congratulations to Northern Virginia Community College on securing Steven Partridge as the new Vice President for Workforce Development. Mr. Partridge brings a track record of creating successful partnerships, including is current work as President and CEO of Charlotte Works in North Carolina.

RPA Inc. is excited to announce that Kelly Dowling will become the first Assistant Dean for Advancement in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University! Ms. Dowling comes to Stony Brook with a strong development background, and currently serves as the Senior Director of Development for the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida Foundation, Inc.

Congratulations to Dr. John Eisler and Springfield College on his appointment as the new Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies! Dr. Eisler joins the team at Springfield with extensive experience in the development and management of academic programs.

RPA Inc. is happy to announce that Elise Durham has been appointed as the new Assistant Vice President for Communications, Media Relations and Marketing and Florida A&M University. A FAMU graduate, Elise comes to the University from Morehouse College where she served as Media Relations Manager.