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Pierce College Puyallup will host five finalists for its presidency and each will hold open forums where college and community members can ask questions. An e-mail address will be provided to forum participants so they can provide feedback about the candidates. The candidates will also take part in a community reception.
Open forums will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and receptions from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on June 6, 7, 8, 13 and 15 at Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE. One finalist will visit each day. The forums will be held in room A158 of the Gaspard Building, except the June 15 forum, which will be held in A166. The receptions will be held in the College Center Building commons.
The successful candidate will lead one of the state’s fastest growing community colleges. Pierce College Puyallup serves about 2,500 students each quarter and its enrollment has increased more than 30 percent since it was recognized as the 34th community college in Washington in 1999. A new College Center opened this winter and several other construction projects, including a childcare center and a building to house the college’s nursing, arts and communications programs will begin within the next two years.
The presidential finalists are (date of open forum and reception in parentheses):
Richard L. MacLennan, Ed.D. (Monday, June 6): MacLennan has served as the vice president of student services for Olympic College in Bremerton since 1998. Olympic serves Mason and Kitsap counties with three campuses. His 24 years of higher education experience also includes positions as associate dean for student services at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md., associate dean of student life at Chesapeake, and dean of students and admissions at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, La. He holds a doctorate in educational innovation and leadership from Wilmington College in Delaware, a master’s in college student services administration from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s in communication studies and general studies, arts and letters, from Portland State University.
Tana L. Hasart, Ed.D. (Tuesday, June 7): Hasart is currently the vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of student affairs for the University of Washington Bothell, where she oversees academic, student services and community relations efforts. Her 32 years of education experience also includes the presidency of Clark College in Vancouver, vice president of student services at Clark, and the director of admission, registration and student aid for Pierce College, where she worked from 1983 to 1993. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Eastern Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in vocational education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an associate’s degree from Pierce College.
Debra A. Derr, Ed.D. (Wednesday, June 8): Derr has been the executive dean for student development and success at Madison Area Technical College since 2002. Madison includes seven campuses and serves 47,000 students. Her 25 years of higher education experience also includes positions as vice president of student development and service, dean of career development services, and coordinator of disability services for Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore. She holds a doctorate degree in community college leadership from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in counseling from Portland State University, and a bachelor’s in business from Linfield College in Oregon.
Ronald M. Davis, Ph.D. (Monday, June 13): Since 1996, Davis has been vice president for academic and student affairs for Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va., where he oversees administration of instruction and student affairs for a two-campus college. His 30 years of higher education experience also includes the acting presidency at Thomas Nelson Community College in 2004, dean of academic affairs for Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minneapolis, Minn., and dean of the division of mathematics and science at DeKalb College in Atlanta, Ga. He has a doctorate in mathematics education and master’s in mathematics from the University of Maryland as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Albright College in Pennsylvania.
Mary A. Chikwinya (Wednesday, June 15): Chikwinya has been the vice president of learning and student success at Pierce College Puyallup since 1999. She oversees the administration of both instruction and student services for the college. Her 23 years of higher education experience also includes dean of instruction at Green River Community College in Auburn, dean of instruction at Highline Community College in Des Moines, and director of multicultural student services at Highline. She is a doctoral candidate at University of Washington in curriculum and instruction, and earned her master’s in student personnel services and bachelor’s in psychology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She also has earned a certificate in the management development program of Harvard University.