Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Public forums for KCKCC academic vice-president finalists


The search for a new Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kansas City Kansas Community has been narrowed to four finalists, all of whom will be introduced at public forums.

KCKCC President Dr. Doris Givens said the four finalists were selected by a search committee from a strong pool of highly qualified candidates.

A nationwide search for a successor to Dr. Tamara Agha-Jaffar, who is retiring June 30, the finalists are from four states – Missouri, Georgia, Washington and Florida.

Two public forums will be held, all in Room 2703 of the Nursing Division. The first will be held Friday, May 17, for Dr. Cheryl Carpenter-Davis at 2 p.m. and Dr. Jerome Drain at 3:15 p.m. with the second forum on Monday, May 20, at 2 p.m. for Dr. Kathleen Curphy and 3:15 p.m. for Dr. Michael Vitale.

The candidates in order of their public forums:

Dr. Cheryl Carpenter-Davis - The Dean of Instruction at the Blue River campus of Metropolitan Community College in Independence, Mo., Dr. Carpenter-Davis previously served as Associate Dean. She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia; a Master of Education and a BA of Arts in Business, Management and Human Relations from Mid-America Nazarene; and an Associate of Arts from Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

Dr. Jerome Drain – The Vice President for Academic Affairs at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Drain previously served as Divisional Chair for Sciences at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dr. Drain earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Alabama; a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale Charter Township, Mich.; and a BS of Science in Chemistry from Wake Forest University..

Dr. Kathleen Curphy – The Vice President of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Wash., Dr. Curphy previously served as Provost/Chief Academic Officer of Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls, Minn. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from the University of Northern Iowa and an Education Specialist degree in Human Services/Industrial Arts and Technology from Central Missouri.

Dr. Michael Vitale - Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla., Dr. Vitale previously served as Associate Vice President, College of Arts and Sciences at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. Dr. Vitale earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology and a Master of Arts in Zoology from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Northern Colorado.