California - Jerry Sheehan has been appointed as San Diego State University's (SDSU) new chief information officer (CIO). Sheehan, who currently serves as vice president and CIO at Montana State University, begins his appointment at SDSU on July 1. Prior to Montana State University, Sheehan served as chief of staff at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He replaces Rick Nornholm, who has served as the interim CIO and chief technology officer.
Iowa - The Tama County Economic Development Commission has named Katherine Ollendieck as its new economic development director. She began her new position April 9. Ollendieck has spent the past 20 years as an independent consultant and grant writer, assisting Iowa communities to secure grant funds for community development projects. She served as the Benton County economic development director prior to that. Ollendieck replaced former director Heath Kellogg.
Georgia - Mark Hoeting resigned April 23 as the vice president for Information Technology (VPIT) and chief information officer (CIO) for Georgia Tech. Hoeting had served as the interim in these leadership roles since September 2016 before accepting the roles on a permanent basis in December 2017. Hoeting previously worked as a CIO in the University System of Georgia. Jim Fortner, the interim executive vice president for Administration and Finance, will be working to name new leadership in the near future.
California - Sheba Person-Whitley will be considered May 14 by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to replace Sonoma County Economic Development Department Director Ben Stone. Stone, who led the Economic Development Board for more than three decades, is set to retired April 30. Person-Whitley is currently the economic development manager for Stockton in California's Central Valley. Person-Whitley would come to Sonoma County with what's said to be extensive local, state and international experience in economic development. Her background also includes international operations and federal grant administration.
Minnesota - Albert Lea City Manager Chad Adams announced he will be leaving his position to serve as the CEO of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. Adams has served in this position for the past eight years and plans for June 4 to be his last day. Prior to serving as the city manager of Albert Lea, Adams was the city administrator of the city of Medina, Minn. for eight years.
Idaho - Marlene Tromp was named the seventh president of Boise State University Tromp was formerly the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Tromp will begin work on July 1. She replaces Bob Kustra, who announced his retirement in November 2017 and left Boise State at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, after being at the helm since 2003.
Illinois - David Plyman has been selected as the new Streator city manager. The city manager position had been performed by City Engineer Jeremy Palm for the last six weeks in the interim after former City Manager Scot Wrighton left for the same position in Decatur. Plyman recently completed a one-year contract as the village manager of Westchester. Before that he was the city manager of Rochelle for six years.
California - Kim Hoffmans will become the next president of Ventura College on June 1. Hoffmans is currently the vice president of academic affairs at the college. She replaces Damon Bell, who had been serving as the interim this school year. Hoffmans has been in the community college district for 25 years as part of the nursing faculty, a coordinator and department chair, a dean, a vice president and now the president. The Ventura College president position hasn't been filled permanently since Greg Gillespie left to become chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District in April 2017.
New York - Rory Fluman has been appointed as the new Schenectady County manager. Fluman, an occupational therapist, has been on the county board for six years. In December, County Manager Kathleen Rooney announced her retirement after 13 years in that position. Fluman will start June 7. Fluman has resigned his seat on the county board and plans to shut down his medical practice.
Kansas - Julie Hurley has been named director of planning and community development for the city of Leavenworth. Hurley has worked in Leavenworth as the city planner since 2014. The city's previous director of planning and community development left the position vacant in 2011.
Ohio - Kent State University trustees announced this week that Todd Diacon, the school's executive vice president and provost, will be its next president. Diacon currently holds the second-highest ranking position at Kent State, behind the president. He is responsible for all academic functions of the eight-campus Kent State system. Diacon will be Kent State's 13th president. He will follow President Beverly Warren, who led the university since 2014. She announced her departure in October 2018 and will step down July 1.
Maryland - Michelle Pourciau, the Baltimore transportation director who was appointed by Mayor Catherine Pugh less than two years ago, resigned last week. Senior Advisor Frank Murphy is serving as acting director. Pourciau previously ran the Washington Transportation Department and later implemented that city's traffic camera system. Pourciau had replaced the former Transportation Director William Johnson who left the position in April 2016.