Alumni from the College of Education Adult and Higher Education program Community College Leadership become Presidents 

Bob Mohrbacher accepted the position of president at Centralia College and will begin his role on July 1, 2017. Dr. Mohrbacher received his doctorate in Community College Leadership from the college in XXXX. He received a master’s in creative writing from George Mason University and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Washington. He was selected from a pool of 40 applicants.

Dr. Mohrbacher has spent over 20 years working in community colleges, as an English instructor and an academic and student services administrator. His professional interests are those of a community college practitioner. Specifically, he is interested in the current paradigm shift around the community college mission. Whereas originally the overarching mission focus was on providing access to educational opportunities, in recent years the focus has turned more toward ensuring student success and completion. This means that community college administrators have an increased need for evidence-based decision making: in order to increase student success and completion. He is interested in understanding what practices work.

 

Veronica R.Garcia, Ph.D., was appointed as the new president of Northeast Lakeview College by the Alamo Colleges’ Board of Trustees. She will begin her duties March 1, 2017.

Dr. Garcia received her PhD in Community College Leadership in 2016. Prior to that, she served a variety of roles at Pina Community College in Arizona. Her dissertation was particularly for the state and nation: “The Impact of Financial Education on Community College Student-Loan Debt”. Dr. Darlene Russ-Eft, Adult & Higher Education was Dr. Garcia’s major professor. Garcia previously held positions at Portland Community College in Oregon and the Pima Community College District in Tucson, Arizona. She taught as an adjunct professor at each of the institutions where she's been employed. Northwest Lakeview College, the newest of the five Alamo Colleges, serves about 6,000 students from Northeast San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Dr. Garcia made this statement as part of her portfolio on the Community College Leadership program:

“For me education is a pathway rich with opportunity to move into leadership positions that I otherwise would have been denied. I always knew I had the ability and skills to lead others, but I lacked the educational experience that would have afforded me the opportunity to apply for leadership positions. As a first-generation student, I was told that higher education was not an option for me. I was discouraged many times by counselors pushing me to solely focus on obtaining skills that would lead to paraprofessional job opportunities like being a typist or office manager.  It was expressed to me that higher education was not something I should strive for and I would be better served working towards building my skill set as an administrative assistant.  I am a first-generation student and, therefore, had no role models to assist me in maneuvering the maze of higher education or basic coursework. While some of my family never really completely understood my persistence in pursuing or the value of higher education itself, being the first in my family to push for completion of higher education degrees has paid off.  My persistence has influenced my extended family to complete their educational ambitions. I am proud of my role in forming the new legacy my family is building. I now have siblings, nephews, nieces, and all three of my children who have obtained bachelor degrees, and some are pursuing their graduate goals.”