Dr. Anthony (Tony) Kinkel
As executive director of the Minnesota State Board for School Administrators, Dr. Tony Kinkel serves a 10-member board appointed by the governor with responsibilities for leading Minnesota’s 7,000 K-12 administrators. While working as a high school social studies teacher and basketball coach, he was elected in 1986 to the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he served until 1998, including four years as chair of the Higher Education Funding and Policy Division. He also taught political science at Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd, Minn., during that time. From 1999-2002, he served in the Minnesota State Senate, where he was chair of the Higher Education Finance Division. While in the Senate, Dr. Kinkel was dean of general education at Northwest Technical College, which at that time was among Minnesota’s largest technical colleges, with five campuses in the northwest region. In 2002, he became director for the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, leading 16 independent community colleges. From 2004-17, Dr. Kinkel served as a community and technical college president, beginning at Pikes Peak (Colo.) Community College, where he was named President of the Year by the Colorado Community College Student Association. From 2010-15, he was president of the Wichita (Kan.) Area Technical College. From 2015-17, he was president of the Motlow (Tenn.) State Community College, which became the fastest-growing college in the state of Tennessee for three consecutive years. Dr. Kinkel has a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.
DR. patricia hsieh
Dr. Patricia Hsieh is in her 14th year as president of San Diego Miramar College. She has broad experience and background in teaching, student services, and community college administration. Prior to her current position, Dr. Hsieh was interim president and vice president of student services at Sacramento City College. At San Diego Miramar College, she has expanded student access, leading the college to grow from an annual enrollment of fewer than 5,000 FTES to more than 10,000 FTES, with impressive student success outcomes. She also has been instrumental in transforming college facilities by completing a Facilities Master Plan to improve teaching, learning, and student completion. Among her awards are the National Chengchi University Outstanding Alumni Award in 2019, the San Diego Higher Education Leadership Award in 2018, and a Fulbright Grant for the International Education Administrators Program in France in 2016. Dr. Hsieh studied at the Harvard University Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Program and Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and received her doctorate from Pepperdine University in Institutional Management in Higher Education focusing on Community College Administration. She received a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Western Languages and Literature from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.
DR. PETER MAPHUMULO
Dr. Peter Maphumulo is in his sixth year as executive vice president for instruction and student services at Victor Valley College in Victorville, Calif., where he also serves as accreditation liaison officer. He has implemented the college’s first Enrollment Strategic Plan and Management system and led it to a successful reaffirmation of accreditation, as well as leading establishment of a Center for Excellence to encourage and support faculty professional development and the college’s first Advanced Manufacturing Center, among other accomplishments. From 2009-13, Dr. Maphumulo was provost and president for the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, where he implemented strategies to attract and hire diverse faculty, achieve 25 percent gains in hiring diversity for three straight years. He also was a key member of the district president’s leadership team and represented the Alexandria campus on the NOVA District Board of Directors. From 2007-09, he was executive dean and vice president for instructional services at Bellevue (Wash.) College, serving as chief academic officer for a comprehensive multi-campus community of more than 40,000 students. He directed strategic planning and instructional programs and liaised with the college Board of Trustees and the Washington State Commission for Higher Education on academic matters. Immediately before joining Bellevue, he was dean of instruction for liberal arts and mathematics at Portland (Ore.) Community College. He began his community college career as a full-time faculty member for the Community Colleges of Spokane. Dr. Maphumulo has a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum from the University of Montana, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Whitworth College.