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COM Hires New VP of Student Learning

Dr. Kenneth Meier Will Begin His New Tenure August 1, 2011

Kenneth Meier, Ph.D.Kentfield, CA— June. 30, 2011 — College of Marin Board of Trustees has approved Kenneth (Ken) Meier, Ph.D., as the college’s new Vice President of Student Learning. Meier replaces Angelina Duarte who has served as Interim Vice President of Student Learning since January of 2011.  Meier begins his new duties at COM on August 1, 2011.

“Ken brings to the position a solid track record and an inspired vision,” said David Wain Coon, Ed.D., College of Marin Superintendent/President. “His experience and expertise in the areas of academic affairs and student services makes him the ideal candidate for our new Vice President of Student Learning and I am delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Meier says that he is committed to continuing COM’s long tradition of providing high quality learning opportunities to all who may benefit from a college education.

“As Vice President for Student Learning, I look forward to participating in a dialog on improving and documenting student academic achievement,” Meier said.  “I am particularly interested in working with faculty, staff, and the community to attract more first-generation and non-traditional students to the college. Closing achievement gaps by implementing best practices and best processes in teaching, learning, and student support services is central to the community college mission in the 21st Century.”

Meier has served as Vice President of Student Learning/Economic Development at Butte College since 2006. During his tenure at Butte College, Meier has had a number of successes in sustained resource development for student learning, retention and success raising approximately $10 million in new local, state and federal grant money for a variety of programs.

Prior to his tenure at Butte College, Meier served as Vice President of Student Learning at Bakersfield College (2001-2006), Interim Executive Dean of Instruction and Student Services at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ (1995-1997), General Education/Student Outcomes Assessment Coordinator at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ (1987-1995), and Liberal Arts Division Chair of Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ (1982-1986). He has Ph.D. in Higher Education Theory and History from University of Arizona, Tucson; an M.A. in European Intellectual History from the University of California, Irvine; and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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