College names new vice president

NORWALK - Dr. JoAnna Schilling has been named vice president of academic affairs at Cerritos College, the school announced last week.The Cerritos College Board of Trustees approved her contract on March 21. Interim vice president Dr. Marilyn Brock will finish her contract June 30. Schilling takes over July 1. Schilling will oversee the college's Academic Affairs office and all instructional programs at Cerritos College. Since 2006 Schilling served as a dean and interim vice president at Rio Hondo College. Prior to Rio Hondo, she was assistance vice president at Corinthian College and taught theater at UC Irvine, Riverside Community College and South Coast Repertory Theatre, where she also worked in the education and literary departments. Her plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York, Florida and Boston. She is also author of recent college journals, and has written three Dog Lover Companion books. She was a contributing editor for four years at Fancy Publications. Schilling has a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University, an M.F.A. in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in English from Smith College. "Nothing is more important than offering affordable educational opportunities to students at our community colleges," Schilling said in a statement. "I am committed to finding clear and innovating pathways to help our students succeed in their educational goals." Cerritos College president and superintendent Dr. Linda Lacy said she was "very pleased to bring JoAnna on board in this very important position." "Her depth of experience in instructional programs and services will help us increase success for all students," Lacy added.

********** Published: April 5, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 51