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COC announces new administrators

Posted: August 3, 2013 12:02 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2013 12:02 p.m.

College of the Canyons has hired two new administrators to help oversee and administrate instruction and instruction support services, the college announced Friday.

Jerry Buckley, a longtime community college administrator who most recently worked at San Diego Miramar College, will take over as COC’s assistant superintendent and vice president of instruction, effective this week.

Prior to his stint at San Diego Miramar, Buckley worked for more than two decades in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in San Diego, spending 15 years as a full-time faculty member and also serving as the dean of mathematics, natural sciences, exercise science and wellness for five years.

“I look forward to joining the culture of innovation and creativity here at College of the Canyons that’s seen in the wide variety of high quality programs and services offered to students and the community,” said Buckley in a news release.

Buckley earned his doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University. He also holds a master’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Southern California.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Buckley to the team at College of the Canyons,” said COC Chancellor Dianne Van Hook in a news release. “His enthusiasm, leadership, past experiences, and focus on innovation will enable us to enhance our already outstanding instructional programs, responsiveness to our community, and yield exciting new opportunities for our students.”

COC also announced the hiring of COC faculty member Denee Pescarmona to the position of dean of instructional support and student success, where she will provide oversight to instructional support and student support services at the college.

Pescarmona first came to COC as an English instructor in 2002 and has spent the last year as the acting dean of instruction and support programs at the COC campus in Canyon Country.

“Denee has played a critical role in building our network of student success initiatives at College of the Canyons,” said Van Hook in a news release. “In this new role, she will expand our efforts and ensure we are doing everything we can to help students achieve their educational goals.”

Pescarmona holds two degrees in English, a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree from Arizona State University.


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