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Lane Community College
Thursday, December 1, 2016
LCC chooses three finalists in presidential search

EUGENE, Ore. - The Lane Community College Board of Education has selected three finalists for the position of president. The candidates will visit Lane one day each on January 17, 18 and 19 for interviews with the board and public forums.

The finalists are Dr. Margaret A. Hamilton, vice president for academic affairs, institutional effectiveness and planning at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey; Dr. Peter Maphumulo, vice president for instruction and student services at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California; and Dr. David L. Rule, former president of Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.

“We had a splendid pool of candidates to choose from,” said Board of Education Chair Sharon Stiles. “Thanks to the thorough and conscientious work of our outstanding search committee, we were able select three promising finalists. We look forward to the public forums in January and hope that everyone who's interested gets a chance to attend."

image of Dr. Margaret HamiltonDr. Margaret A. Hamilton—

Dr. Margaret Hamilton currently serves as vice president for academic affairs, institutional effectiveness and planning at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, a post she has held since July 2015. She has been at Camden for 28 years, also serving as vice president for academic affairs; associate vice president for administrative services; assistant vice president for human resources and labor relations; assistant to the vice president for academic affairs for curriculum and instruction; dean of math, science and health careers; and assistant dean for science and allied health. She has taught at New Jersey’s University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Nursing in Stratford, Camden County College, Rutgers University-Camden, and at Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Cooperative Nursing Program with Camden County College.

Hamilton has forged strong internal and external relationships in her career and was awarded the Dean’s Citation by the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of New Jersey (now Rutgers School of Health Related Professions) for initiating educational partnerships between Camden and Rutgers University. She also developed a global partnership with Nanyang Medical College, known for its school of Chinese medicine, in the Hunan Province of China. One of her innovations was to work with county government to transfer responsibility for programs once funded by tax revenue, including a police academy, fire academy, cultural heritage commission, and adult training center, to the college. Her grants experience includes securing a $500,000 Trade Adjustment Act for Community College Training grant, a $500,000 Robert Wood Johnson grant, a state STEM scholars grant for $425,000, a Title III grant for $392,887, a vocational school district grant for $200,000, and a career and technical education program grant for $300,000. She worked with three schools to develop a vocational program for students with intellectual disabilities. Leasing space for this program produced $300,000 in annual revenue for the college. She has led planning initiatives for institutional effectiveness, strategic plan, enrollment management, learning outcomes, and master plan. She handled budgets exceeding $65 million. She has overseen capital construction projects, public safety, and the physical plant, as well as instruction.

Hamilton earned a doctorate from Widener University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1995; a master of science from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1983; and a bachelor of science from State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 1978.

image of Dr. Peter MaphumuloDr. Peter Maphumulo—

Dr. Peter Maphumulo (pronounced with silent h) has 17 years of experience in higher education overall, including five years at community colleges. Currently, he is executive vice president for instruction and student services at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California, since 2013. Before that, he was campus president and provost for the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia, from 2009 to 2013; executive dean and vice president for instructional services at Bellevue College, Washington, from 2007 to 2009; dean of instruction for liberal arts and mathematics at the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College, Oregon, from 2001 to 2007; curriculum and research director for Education District 101 in Spokane, Washington, from 1999 to 2001; program chair and professor of developmental education and basic skills at Spokane Community Colleges, Washington, from 1999 to 2001; and adjunct professor of education at the Washington State University School of Education in Pullman, Washington, from 1995 to 1999.

Maphumulo has increased enrollments and completions; introduced innovative technology, programming and services; and reaffirmed accreditations. He led $200M in multiple capital building projects and obtained grants in excess of $40M. He formed partnerships with community agencies and businesses and led the development of a veteran’s center, women’s center, center for teaching and learning, and center for excellence. He recruited Dr. Jill Biden to teach at Northern Virginia Community College and hosted President Barack Obama at two campus visits. He implemented data driven student success efforts; increased completion rates for college students and high-school-to-college students and initiated distance learning programs. He helped obtain $10M for a corrections learning network, $10M for a gateway to college program, $15M to strengthen the links between education and careers with 19 high schools, four charter schools, five community colleges and five industry sectors; and secured a $2M philanthropic gift. He led a partnership with the American Associations of Community Colleges, American Council on Education, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Witwatersrand University, and the South African government to help 12 colleges and 20 campuses develop capacity and infrastructure, funded by $5M from USAID. He helped develop an academic master plan, student success center, student services plan, and established a behavioral and mental health intervention team.

Maphumulo has a doctorate in higher education administration from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; a master of arts in curriculum from the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; and a bachelor of arts in English literature from Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington.

image of Dr. David L. RuleDr. David L. Rule—

Dr. David L. Rule has 30 years of higher education experience, most recently as president of Bellevue College, Washington, from January 2013 to August 2016. He was campus president of the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College, Oregon, from September 2008 to December 2012, and president of Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan from January 2005 to August 2008. He also was vice president and interim vice president for academic affairs, and assistant vice president for curriculum and instruction, at Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York, a division of the State University of New York. He directed institutional research and program development at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. Rule has taught at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York; the College of St. Rose, Albany, New York; Western Michigan University-Muskegon Community College Extension, Michigan; Orange County Community College, Middletown, New York; St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, New York; University at Albany-State University of New York. He also taught music in elementary school in Selkirk, New York.

Rule has increased student enrollment and student retention rates and developed strategic, academic, student services, and diversity plans. He helped pass bond measures and oversaw construction projects. He implemented new technology infrastructure and led accreditation processes. At Bellevue College, he increased the number of bachelor of applied science degrees from three to 10; initiated a Competency-Based Education one-year business certificate; developed a research, innovation, service and experiential learning institute; established faculty innovation grants and a faculty commons; expanded open educational resources; and promoted national expansion of the Occupations Life Skills program, a four-year associate degree for cognitively challenged students. He helped form the governance system at two colleges and has worked with four different community college boards.

As a member of the Washington community and technical colleges president’s committee, he worked to develop funding formulas and a bachelor’s degree policy. He has approached budgets by expanding revenues and controlling expenses, promoted new programs, increased international enrollment, and invested in foundation activities. He has supported sustainability efforts such as campus gardens and charging stations. He served as a member on AACC’s National Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity for nine years.

Rule has a doctorate in educational psychology and statistics from the University at Albany-State University of New York, 1994; a master of science in educational psychology in 1986 and a bachelor of science in music education in 1983 from the College of St. Rose, Albany, New York; and an associate of science in performing arts-music from Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, New York, 1980.

About Lane’s presidential search—

The search for a new president at Lane Community College began in March 2016 when President Mary Spilde announced that she would retire in June 2017, with 16 years as Lane’s CEO and 37 years in higher education.

A 33-member search committee was formed to gather information, develop a profile, review the applicant pool, help arrange events, and otherwise assist the board. Members include representatives of the board, board zone appointees, faculty and classified staff unions, employee groups, student body, foundation, K-12, University of Oregon, chambers of commerce, cities of Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, and Florence, and Lane County.

For more information see the archived Presidential Search page.

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