Westmoreland County Community College chooses new president

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Westmoreland County Community College has chosen as as its new president Tuesday Stanley, vice chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo. Her appointment is effective July 1.

She was picked from four candidates recommended by a search committee from 49 applicants nationally.

Ms. Stanley, who received an affirmative vote from the community college trustees Wednesday night, succeeds Daniel J. Obara. His retirement in July will cap a five-year tenure as president.

“We are excited to welcome such a dynamic person in Dr. Stanley, who brings a strong work ethic and a robust background in all aspects of college administration and student learning,” board Chairman Larry Larese said in a statement accompanying the announcement. ”We believe her energy and talents will take a very good college to the next level.”

Ms. Stanley is vice chancellor at Metropolitan Community College, a position she has held since 2006. The announcement said she heads enrollment management, student development and administrative services and in the past also has headed information technology.

Metropolitan has an enrollment of 18,000 to 21,000 credit students and several thousand noncredit students.

Before that appointment, she was associate vice chancellor of marketing and enrollment management at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas.

According to Westmoreland, Ms. Stanley has a doctorate of higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s of business administration from Lehigh University, and received her undergraduate degree in advertising and communications from Purdue.

Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG.

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