MODESTO -- Modesto Junior College has named its new vice president of instruction, filling the last open administrative position in the Yosemite College Community District.
Susan Kincade now oversees all teaching and learning activities at the college.
Previously, she served as the dean of the Community and Technical College at the University of Alaska, as well as the associate vice chancellor of educational planning and the dean of learning resources at West Hills Community College District in Coalinga.
Before that, Kincade was an associate director for the Academic Innovation Center at California State University, Fresno. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in speech communication and her master of science degree is in English-nonfiction prose option, also at Fresno State. She is working toward a doctorate in education at Walden University.
Kincade fills the position that the previous vice president of instruction, Karen Walters Dunlap, left abruptly in March. Walters Dunlap was released from her contract a month after MJC was put on probation after its accreditation review and less than three months after she was named one of three finalists for the president's position. She previously had been on requested paid, nondisciplinary administrative leave.
Kincade began in her position Sept. 4. Her salary has not been disclosed, but her predecessor was earning $160,368 per year.
"Modesto Junior College is a vibrant and exceptional educational institution. The faculty and staff are sincere and determined to provide high quality learning experiences to our MJC students," she said in a news release. "As a new resident of Modesto, I have received a genuine welcome by so many in this community it is a real pleasure to be here."
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