T-Ducks in a Row #122 – Five Richland College Senior Leadership Organizational Changes

Richland College President Dr. Kay Eggleston is pleased to announce organizational senior leadership positions approved by the DCCCD Board of Trustees during its November 10, 2015 meeting. Each of these appointments supports advancement of Richland College’s Strategic Planning Priorities for Student Learning: Empower all employees to succeed; Empower all students to succeed; Engage with the community to Identify and meet educational needs; and Ensure institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker will provide executive leadership to the combined Academic Affairs and Student Services areas to align and advance the student success experience and student completion performance outcomes. Dr. Blankenbaker previously served as Richland College vice president for teaching and learning for six years, including her service as interim vice president for three years. Her community college career includes appointments as ESOL/Communications faculty, lead faculty, and program coordinator; administrative intern; interim dean; dean of instruction; and associate vice president for teaching and learning. Dr. Blankenbaker holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in linguistics and a bachelor’s degree in education/English from Indiana University.

Mr. Finney Varghese, Vice President for Business Services

Mr. Finney Varghese will provide executive leadership to Business Services Operations to include serving as chief fiscal and business officer for Richland College, Garland Campus, and Richland Collegiate High School, and he will provide leadership to the areas of Facilities Services and Information Technology. Mr. Varghese has more than 22 years of financial management and accounting experience, serving for the past 12 years as Richland College associate vice president for business services. Prior appointments include serving as a DCCCD internal auditor; senior contracts and grants accountant; and corporate accountant in the private sector. Mr. Varghese holds the master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pune, India, and the bachelor’s degree in commerce/accounting from Sambalpur University, India.

Fonda Vera
Ms. Fonda Vera, Associate Vice President for Planning, Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Development

Ms. Fonda Vera will provide executive leadership to the combined areas of planning, research, institutional outcomes assessment and effectiveness, and resource development at Richland College. The addition of the development function includes oversight of grant writing, pre- and post-grant award management, alumni relations, and corporate and constituent relations. Ms. Vera previously served as executive dean, dean, assistant dean, and director at Richland College, serving the areas of planning, research, and institutional effectiveness, and as a senior research associate and IT manager at Cedar Valley College. Ms. Vera holds the master’s degree in urban affairs and the bachelor’s degree in history, both from The University of Texas at Arlington. With more than 18 years of strategic planning experience using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and more than 25 years navigating large, complex databases, Ms. Vera contributes significantly to Richland College’s strategic contributions at the local, state, national, and international levels. U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker appointed Ms. Vera to serve a three-year term on the Baldrige Panel of Judges, selecting national award recipients of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. `

Rose Galloway
Ms. Rose Galloway, Associate Vice President for Workforce and Continuing Education

Ms. Rose Galloway will provide executive leadership to Richland College’s workforce, career/technical, and continuing education areas including the college’s Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reporting and compliance, Perkins Grant, and college curriculum processes. Ms. Galloway served for the past four years as college director at ITT Technical Institute in Dallas. Prior appointments during her 18-year higher education career include serving as academic dean at ITT Institute, Sanford Brown College, and Westwood College. She also has community mental health experience as a therapist and clinical supervisor. Ms. Galloway currently serves on the Garland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She holds the master’s degree in education from the University of Houston and the bachelor’s degree in arts in psychology from Indiana University. Ms. Galloway will begin her appointment at Richland College on November 16, 2016.

Bill Dial
Dr. Bill Dial, Executive Director of Human Resources

Dr. Bill Dial, PHR, SHRM-CP, will provide executive leadership to the Richland College Human Resources and Professional Development areas, as well as serve as the college’s certified Title IX administrator. Dr. Dial has served for the past 4.5 years as executive director of human resources, Title IX administrator, ADA Coordinator, and EEO compliance administrator at Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, Colorado. Prior to that service, he was director of human resources at Richland College for five years. He has served as an institutional personnel analyst at the University of Arkansas and as a medical management consultant for Kendall & Davis, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Dial is a Colorado State Baldrige examiner with the Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence Institute. He holds the Ph.D. in organizational management from Capella University in Minnesota; the master’s degree of science in human resource management from Lindenwood University, St. Louis, Missouri; and the bachelor’s degree of science in human resource/organizational management from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Dial will begin his appointment at Richland College on January 4, 2016.