Highland Community College

A New President's Staff Takes Shape

A New President's Staff Takes Shape

The College experienced significant turnover in its Vice President positions during the year as three of the four vice presidents retired.  Vice President for Finance and Operations Dan Erbert retired in December and Vice President for Academic Affairs Peggy Forsberg and Vice President for Student Services Dr. Cheryl Rasmussen both retired in June.  Randy Willy came on board in late May to replace Erbert; Dr. Erin Shaw, who had been serving as the Perry Center Director, assumed the Academic Affairs position; and Eric Ingmire joined the College in July as Rasmussen’s replacement.

 

Eric Ingmire, Vice President for Student Services came to the College from the Fremont campus of Pueblo Community College where he was the Director of Student Services.  A native Kansan, Ingmire graduated from Berean Academy in Elbing, Manhattan Christian College with a bachelor’s degree, Kansas State University with a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Development, and is completing a doctorate from Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership.

In addition to his role at Pueblo, Ingmire served as Director of Admissions at his alma mater, Manhattan Christian College, where he was also the soccer coach for the NCCAA DII National Champions.  He is a member of NACEP, NACADA, and is a trained and experienced Title IX Investigator.  He is Board member for Boy and Girls Club, the Community Relations Board for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Chair of the Rotary Leadership Academy. 

 

Dr. Erin Shaw, Vice President for Academic Affairs originally came to the College in October 2014, as the Director of the Perry Center, from Truman State University in Missouri where she was an academic advisor.  She held previous positions at the University of Oklahoma, Covenant House Alaska, and Prince William Sound Community College. Shaw was born in Colby, Kansas, and grew up in Lawrence before attending high school in Alaska. During high school, she earned concurrent credit at Matanuska-Susitna College and the University of Alaska-Anchorage. After high school, she attended the University of Oklahoma where she received her BA in Journalism-Public Relations. Shaw returned to Alaska for three more years to work in PR and marketing at which time she dabbled in nine college hours toward an MBA at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Ultimately working in higher education enticed Shaw back to the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education.  Then, while working full-time at Truman State, she completed a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis - Higher Education Administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her dissertation titled, Sense Making for Community College Transfers Entering a Public, Liberal Arts University won the 2015 Barbara K. Townsend Dissertation Award. Her research will be included as a chapter in Transition and Transformation: New Research Fostering Transfer Student Success due to be published later in 2017 by the University of North Georgia Press.

Shaw was a member of the 2016-2017 Kansas Community College Leadership Institute sponsored by the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.

Randy Willy, Vice President for Finance and Operations 

Randy Willy joined the College in May 2017 as the Vice President for Finance and Operations.  He previously served as the Vice President of Finance for Vancouver Career Colleges, which is the largest career college provider in Canada with thirty seven locations throughout the country.  He has worked in higher education for over twenty years and has held senior financial leadership positions with Ellis University, Grantham University, and Concorde Career Colleges. 

Randy is a native of Bay City, Michigan.  After graduating from Bay City Central High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for four years.  For the majority of his enlistment, he was stationed in Yuma, Arizona and attended his first community college class at Arizona Western State College.  He went on to earn his associate’s degree from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Western State University, and his MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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