MCCC ap­points 2 new deans

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POTTSTOWN >> Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege (MCCC) has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of two new deans.

James Bretz, Ph.D., has taken over the role of Dean of Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics (STEM), and Glo­ria Oikelome, Ed.D. has been named the new Dean of Health Sci­ences. Both ap­point­ments were made at the con­clu­sion of na­tional searches, ac­cord­ing to the col­lege.

Bretz joined MCCC in 2009 as an in­struc­tor of Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, and was pro­moted to as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in 2013. He has served in the in­terim dean role since Jan­uary 2017, tak­ing on largescale projects such as the Science Cen­ter ren­o­va­tion and Math re­form, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

As dean, Bretz will con­tinue to head the col­lege’s STEM di­vi­sion, lead­ing cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment, stu­dent suc­cess ini­tia­tives, fac­ulty de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships. He earned a B.S. de­gree in Bio­chem­istry and Molec­u­lar Bi­ol­ogy from Penn State Uni­ver­sity and a Ph.D. in Cell Bi­ol­ogy and Molec­u­lar Ge­net­ics from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land.

Oikelome comes to MCCC from Read­ing Area Com­mu­nity Col­lege where she served as as­so­ciate dean of the STEM Di­vi­sion. She earned a B.S. de­gree in Bi­ol­ogy from Bethel Uni­ver­sity and a M.S. de­gree in Cell & Molec­u­lar Bi­ol­ogy/Science Ed­u­ca­tion from Long Is­land Uni­ver­sity. She also earned a post-grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in Pro­gram & In­sti­tu­tional As­sess­ment and an Ed.D. in Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, both from Im­mac­u­lata Uni­ver­sity, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Oikelome brings more than 15 years of higher ed­u­ca­tion teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to the Health Sci­ences Di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing on­line teach­ing in bi­ol­ogy, mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, nu­tri­tion and biomedicine. She has a back­ground in as­sess­ment, ac­cred­i­ta­tion and eval­u­a­tion, hav­ing served in aca­demic lead­er­ship roles at in­sti­tu­tions that in­clude Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of York (Hull York Med­i­cal School) in the United King­dom.





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