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College VP Heading To Vegas

Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, Columbia College´s vice president for student services since 1994, has accepted the position as chief campus administrator of the Charleston campus of the Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN) in Las Vegas. The starting date for her new post is Feb. 1.

CCSN´s Charleston campus is located on an 80-acre site, approximately six miles west of downtown Las Vegas. The Charleston campus first opened in 1988 and presently has an enrollment of over 12,000 students. It is one of three campuses of the Community College of Southern Nevada with a total enrollment of 36,000.

As vice president for student services at Columbia College, Dr. Jeffery supervised the library services and student support services, which included the admissions & records department, assessment, CalWORKs, career & transfer center, counseling, DSP&S (Disabled Students Programs & Services), EOP&S (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services), financial aid, matriculation, orientation, scholarships, student activities/government, student health services, veterans affairs, and special events such as the annual graduation celebration.

“We are very pleased to see Dr. Jeffery move ahead in her professional career, but she will be greatly missed,” said Dr. Jim Riggs, Columbia College president. “We all appreciate her many contributions to the college and our community.”

Kathryn Jeffery received her doctorate in 1999 from the University of Texas, Austin in educational administration and was recently recognized by the institution as a “Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) and the College of Education.” This honor will be formally bestowed on her during a special recognition luncheon in May at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

The university included her in a series of national educational magazine ads to recognize its outstanding CCLP graduates, many of whom have become prominent leaders in American and Canadian community colleges. The University of Texas at Austin plans on continuing the magazine ads throughout the year to promote its successful graduates and announce the program´s 60th anniversary with the slogan “Preparing leaders for the 21st century.”

Dr. Jeffery also holds a master´s degree in applied behavioral studies in education and a bachelor´s degree in music education with a major in piano and minor in voice, both from Oklahoma State University.

Before coming to Columbia College, she served as dean of student services and dean of staff diversity at the Chancellor´s Office of the California Community Colleges in Sacramento. Prior to that, Dr. Jeffery held positions as EOP&S director, re-entry center coordinator, counselor and adjunct faculty in music at Sacramento City College. In addition to working as adjunct counselor at American River College, she was an EOP counselor/faculty and head resident for Sierra and Sutter Halls at CSU Sacramento.

Dr. Jeffery has published research in the area of welfare reform and serves as a consultant on community college topics related to outreach and recruitment, counseling and matriculation, student discipline, and programs for low-income and educationally under-prepared students. Additionally, she has been invited to present at local and national conferences on the topics of leadership training and development and optimizing student learning.

She has been active locally as a member of the community advisory board of the Sonora Regional Medical Center, Sonora 49er Rotary Club, Tuolumne County Habitat for Humanity, 4th Monday Book Club, Sonora Bach Festival Committee, and the Tuolumne County Yes! Partnership.

As an ardent supporter of the arts, Dr. Jeffery has hosted visiting Sonora Repertory Theatre actors by opening her home to performers from outside the area. She has participated as a member of the Columbia College Community Chorus, performed in readings of new plays with Stage 3 theatre, and had a leading role in the Columbia Actors Repertory presentation of “The Good Times Are Killing Me.”

“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the students and staff at Columbia College and members of our outstanding community,” said Dr. Jeffery.

“I deeply believe in the power of higher education to significantly contribute to the quality of a person´s life. From personal experience, I know that has been the case in my life. And that is why I am so committed to education and why I try to make a difference for students every day in my job,” she said. “I will miss the college and the students greatly but also look forward to my new assignment serving CCSN.”