At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, July 1, the Hartnell College Board of Trustees ratified the appointment of four key administrators and approved a contract with superintendent/president Dr. Phoebe K. Helm, who was selected as the new superintendent/president of Hartnell at a special meeting of the Board on June 17.
The four administrators are Dr. Gregory Peterson as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Athletics; Dr. Kathleen A. Rose as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Accreditation; Barbara Yesnosky as Associate Vice President for Support Operations; and Dr. Jennifer L. Fellguth as Dean of Distance Learning, Evening, and Weekend Programs.
Greg Peterson earned his Ed.D. in educational administration, community college leadership from the University of Texas, the nation’s premier community college leadership program. He earned his master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Portland State University, and his bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. He is a community college alumnus, earning an associate’s degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Dr. Peterson is currently the associate vice president for enrollment management at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. He also served as an interim dean of institutional effectiveness and assistant to the associate vice president of student services at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington. He has taught English as a Second Language and directed ESL programs, and has worked with the Achieving the Dream Initiative to increase the participation and program completion rates of low-income students and students of color. He sits on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Native American Advisory Board for Education.
Kathleen Rose served Hartnell as the dean of fine arts, language arts, and social sciences for five years before being named interim associate vice president of academic affairs last July. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Arizona, where she also earned her master’s degree in education, counseling, and guidance. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and English at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She has taught psychology, counseling, and English at a number of colleges and universities, including Chapman University, Golden Gate University, Prescott College, and Hartnell.
Barbara Yesnosky has been the controller at Hartnell College since 2006. She began her career as the senior budget analyst at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She has served as the controller for the Monterey Institute of International Studies and was the director of accounting at the Foundation of California State University Monterey Bay. She recently completed the year-long program for chief business officers developed by the Association of Chief Business Officials of the California Community College System’s (ACBO) Training Institute. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and business at the University of Missouri and her MBA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
Jennifer Fellguth has been on faculty at Hartnell as a systems technology librarian since 1997. She also has taught and been the network database administrator at CSUMB, and taught English at Modesto Junior College. She earned both a Ph.D. and an Ed.S. in computing technology in education from the Nova Southeastern University, Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, her master’s degree in English from California State University, Stanislaus, her master’s in library and information studies from Berkeley, and her bachelor’s degree in English from Cal State Stanislaus. She graduated from Modesto Junior College with an associate’s degree in English. She served as the president of Hartnell’s Academic Senate last year. She has published in higher education journals on distance education and is a published poet.
At its regular monthly meeting in December 2007, the Board had directed the college to reorganize to reduce costs, address the budget deficit, and improve efficiencies. The plan of reorganization ultimately approved in March eliminated 15 administrative positions and added seven, at a savings to the District of just over $1 million.
The hiring process for the remaining three administrative positions is now under way.
On a 6-1 vote, the Board also approved a contract with Dr. Phoebe Helm as superintendent/president, effective July 1. The contract is for an indefinite term that ends upon a 90-day notice given by either party. The president retains the yearly salary of $180,000, with a local living expenses and car allowance of $4,000 a month, contingent on her living in the district. The District will not be obligated to provide health and welfare benefits, for a yearly savings of $16,800. The contract requires a written performance evaluation within 180 days of the agreement.
On announcement of the vote, Dr. Helm said, “I appreciate the commitment of the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and community to move this college forward to serve its students and the members of this district. Indeed, that is our only purpose here.”