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Personal Statement

My belief in the value of community colleges started early.  My father, mother, sister, son, and I all attended community colleges, and all for different reasons.  My father needed a “job skill” after WWII; my mother took classes for personal interest; my sister was a “returning adult student” entering the workforce for the first time; I was the typical “transfer student;” and my youngest son, also a "transfer student", recently graduated from a four year university.  The members of my family are very much like the community college students of today.

It was very natural, therefore, that I have stayed close to the community college system.  As I have moved into increased areas of responsibility in student services, I have always remembered that the community college offers an almost unlimited opportunity for students; and that it is the role of student services to support, motivate, guide, and teach students as they travel their own personal road towards academic and life success.

Summary of Qualifications

Student development administrator at the college dean, campus dean, coordinator (multi-campus), and director (single campus) level.Proven leadership skills in effective faculty and staff supervision and development of student-oriented services in enrollment, counseling, and other student service areas.Documented effectiveness in enhancing student matriculation; program development for a diverse student population; curriculum development and instruction of student success courses; grant-writing that leads to funding for special populations; establishing a campus recruiting plan;providing effective transfer/articulation services for students with senior institutions; and participation in a leadership role in accreditation and program evaluation.Effective communicator and problem solver with students, parents, faculty, staff, and other administrators.

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Work experience

Lead Dean, First Year Experience Program

Most Important Project for New Students

Provided collegewide leadership as lead dean for the designing, planning, and implementation of the First Year Experience Program. Wrote strategic plan for the addition of three counselor and one staff position to provide a comprehensive program for first year students.  Currently the program includes the First Year Seminar, Seminar for International Students, New Student Orientation, a student handbook “Student Insider’s Guide”, and activities that promote a sense of community and mentoring such as an Ambassador’s program, FYE podcasts, Facebook, and an FYE website.

Dean, Student Development, Germantown Campus

Member, Academic Regulations

Member, Academic and Student Services Executive Team

Member, Chairs Plus, Administrative Staff, and Unit Heads, Germantown Campus

Leader, Student Development Leadership Team, Germantown Campus

Member, Collegewide Deans Working Group

Member, VP and Deans of Student Development in Maryland Community Colleges


College Dean, Student Development

Provide leadership on the college level on student development issues and initiatives at Montgomery College, named as a top-ten community college by the New York Times.

Co-Chair, Advising Steering Group, facilitate collegewide Student Development Deans Working Group.  Major projects include:  Implementation of a Tobacco-Free College, Student E-mail, Tracking System Needs Assessment, Disability Services for Students Needs Analysis


Co-Chair, Middle States Accreditation Self-Study and Accreditation Visit

Most Important Project for the College

Provided leadership for the development of the collegewide self-study report, a two year process that led to a successful re-accreditation visit.  Over 100 faculty, staff, administrators and students worked together on five work group to produce a first-class self study.  The quality of the study and high degree of coordination of the accreditation visit was mentioned in both the final oral report and the team report.

The entire self-study process and final report can be reviewed at:

In addition, participated as a team member in five accreditation team visits for Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Dean of Student Development, Germantown Campus

Best Job at Montgomery College

Best job at Montgomery College, the largest community college in Maryland (24,000 credit students)! The Germantown Campus is highly diverse (165 countries represented) and growing (5% a year, in a booming IT/Biotechnology community).   Work with students, faculty, staff, and other administrators to help students.  Provide leadership and guidance for the areas of counseling, transfer, disability services, athletics, advising, assessment, orientation, and student life in a growing campus.  Member of Administrative Staff.  Responsible for student discipline. Contribute and provide leadership to many college-wide programs and working groups.  Set goals, assess, and evaluate student development services, using that information to reaffirm, design, and change programs and services for a changing, diverse student body.  Consult with faculty and provide encouragement, support, and supervision to the student development unit members. 

  • Chair, Task Force for Excellence in Student Services (strategic planning)
  • Chair, Student Services, Middle States Accreditation Team
  • Chair, Student Services Working Group
  • Dean representative for Academic Assembly and President’s Advisory Committee
  • Implementation of a new student information system and web registration (Banner)

Acting Dean, Student Development, Annandale Campus

Selected for a one-year assignment as interim dean of the largest campus (14,000 students) of a large (45,000 students), multi-campus community college.  Administrator responsible for the departments of admissions and records, financial aid, counseling services (includes disabled services, international student services, career counseling, and advising), and co-curricular programs and services.  Served on the state-wide SIS Steering Committee, Chair of the Admissions Committee, Member of the Campus Planning Committee, Member of the College Financial Aid Committee, Chair of the NVCC Domicile Appeals Committee, Member of the NVCC Dean’s Working Group, Member of Provost’s Staff, and Member of the Provost’s Search and Selection Committee. Involved at various levels with the Hope Scholarship reporting requirements, state-wide clarification of dual enrollment policy,  and coordination of a workshop to address I-20 issues.


Coordinator, Counseling and Enrollment Services

Administrator responsible for Admissions and Records, Counseling Services, and the Career Education Center. Directly supervised the campus registrar, twelve professional counselors, and a variety of student services specialists and other support staff.  Responsibilities in enrollment services included college applications, registration, records, domicile issues, international student issues, and graduation.  Counseling Services included new student advising, career counseling, transfer counseling, academic advising for undecided students, financial aid, providing accommodations for disabled students, and student development instruction such as orientation and career education. 

Fall 1994-Spring 1995


Responsible for the college-wide student outcomes assessment.  Chaired Academic Assessment Committee and participated as resource for assessment committees on general education, developmental English, academic program evaluation, critical thinking, and writing-across-the-curriculum.  Coordinated college mini-grant program and edited assessment newsletter.

August 1991-July 1992


Provided leadership and supervision for Admissions and Records, Counseling Services, Student Activities, and Office of Financial Aid.  Provided advocacy and support to students.  Conducted disciplinary actions.  Monitored the budget.  Participated in Provost’s Staff, Dean’s Working Group, Domicile Appeal Committee, and A&R Graduation Committee.  Major successes included establishing direction and accountability (especially for student activities) for the unit, establishing a more positive work environment (especially in A&R), and improving the registration process. 

August 1989-August 1991


Supervised a staff of fourteen professional counselors, a paraprofessional, and three clerical assistants.  Responsible for all counseling programs to include new student advisement and orientation, vocational testing and career planning, program placement, and counseling for special groups such as international, learning disabled/physically disabled, honors, and English-as-a-Second-Language students.  Initiated plans for a career information center and transfer center.  Developed  “one stop” assessment, orientation, and advising sessions; wrote manual and trained faculty on new student advising procedures.  Wrote grant and facilitated “Cultural Awareness Workshop- Improving Human Relations.”  Member of the Xerox Scholars Transition Team for minority students.  Member of the Annandale  Assessment Committee, General Education Assessment, Critical Thinking Sub-Committee (chair), and Basic Skills Assessment Committee.  Member, Campus Council; member, Administrative Assessment Committee.  Instructor, STD 100 (orientation).  Managed computerization of counseling center.  Coordinated training and professional development of counseling center staff, to include current issues such as substance abuse, sexual assault, how to effectively work with student who are learning/physically disabled, and student cultural awareness.

Jul 1987Jun 1989

Director, Student Development Services

Administrator responsible for the Career/Testing Center, Transfer Center, Job Placement Office, and the college’s matriculation program, called the STAAR* Program (Success through Assessment/orientation, Advisement, and Registration) of new students.  Expanded the STAAR* program to include other retention activities such as follow-up, computerized counseling and education plans, and institutional research and evaluation.  Chairman of a committee on student retention (LARC) composed of faculty, staff, and managers.  Member of President’s Council; chairman of various staff selection committees; chairman of accreditation self-study (learning resources).  Wrote grants for Title III funds (Strengthening Institutions) and California Community College Matriculation Plan.  The 1988 Accreditation Report stated that “the … STAAR* program is highly systematic and effective in its support of the instructional program.” 



Developed the initial phase of the college matriculation process by developing the STARR* Program; coordinated the functions of the Career/Testing Center including occupational assessment, labor market information and job search information.  Taught career planning and vocational assessment classes; developed counseling curriculum for career development, study skills, and orientation courses; provided career counseling to students.



Monterey Peninsula College

Taught part-time courses for business department—Introduction to Business, Introduction to Small Business, and Business Psychology.


Career/Organizational Development Consultant
  • Co-Director, Personal Enrichment Seminars
  • Facilitator-Trainer-Designer, Active Communication and Leadership Training for Military Spouses
  • Director, Co-Designer, Military Family Symposium
  • Co-author of leadership guide for military spouses with Ms. Collin Powell


Santa Ana College

Provided vocational guidance and counseling to displaced homemakers and re-entry adults through New Horizons, a counseling program for non-traditional students.  Utilized vocational instruments during career counseling; conducted feedback interviews and integrated results to total career planning process; designed and presented workshop on such topics as personal assessment, resume preparation, interviewing skills, job search techniques, time management, Myers-Briggs temperament style.  Facilitated women-in-transition support groups; coordinated career planning conferences; taught career planning and vocational assessment classes.


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Doctor of Education

Dissertation Topic: The Development of a Plan to Provide 

Counseling Services to a Changing Student Population 


Master of Business Administration


Master of Education

Minor in Guidance and Counseling


Associate of Arts

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