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Dr. Sharon Blackman, interim vice chancellor, instruction

Dr. Sharon BlackmanSharon Blackman, Ed.D., has served as MCC’s interim vice chancellor, instruction, and chief academic officer since Jan. 1, 2019. She retired Nov. 30, 2018, from the Dallas County Community College District in Texas.

Blackman has worked in higher education more than 40 years, most of that at community colleges. She brings to MCC experience in higher education administration, program development, counseling and teaching.

Blackman, whose hometown is Nashville, has served as president of Dallas County Community College District’s Brookhaven College and Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus (in Michigan).  She most recently served as strategic learning consultant in the Talent Central Division for Dallas County Community College. That role included the talent development of faculty. She had a long history with the community college district, serving in many administrative capacities including provost of the Educational Affairs Division.

Blackman has also held positions at Richland College in Dallas, Youngstown State University in Ohio, Earlham College in Indiana, and Tennessee State University.

She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Baylor University and earned both a master’s degree in education/guidance and counseling and a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Blackman has received numerous awards. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2016 Paul A. Elsner International Excellence in Leadership Award sponsored by the Chair Academy for Leadership Development.

Dr. John M. Chawana, vice chancellor, institutional effectiveness, research and technology

John M. Chawana, vice chancellor, institutional effectiveness, research and technology

John M. Chawana, Ph.D., became Metropolitan Community College's vice chancellor of institutional effectiveness, research and technology in October 2017. Chawana joined MCC from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was executive director of institutional effectiveness and compliance.

At MCC, Chawana oversees the areas of institutional research, effectiveness and planning, as well as technology. As a member of the College's Executive Cabinet, he reports to Chancellor Kimberly Beatty.

At Tarrant County College, Chawana provided leadership in designing and developing institution-wide strategic imperatives for organizational effectiveness and planning, as well as ensuring overall institutional compliance with federal and accreditation requirements. Under his leadership, the college revamped and streamlined multiple organizational functions to achieve operational efficiency.

Prior to joining TCC, Chawana worked as a lead economic planner and analyst at North Central Texas Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning organization of Dallas/Fort Worth. His teaching and research experience spans Brookhaven College and Cedar Valley College, both in Texas, as well as University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Phoenix.

He holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning and a doctoral degree in urban planning, both from University of Texas at Arlington. He also has a master’s degree in sociology and public administration from University of North Texas. 

Dr. Donald Chrusciel, vice chancellor, administrative services

Dr. Donald Chrusciel, vice chancellor, administrative services

Donald Chrusciel, Ph.D., joined Metropolitan Community College in June 2018 as vice chancellor of administrative services and chief financial officer. He came to MCC from Bakersfield College in California, where he served as vice president of finance and administrative services. Prior to that, he served in a similar role at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is not the only Midwestern flavor in Chrusciel's past. He previously led business services in positions at Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames and at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Chrusciel's well-rounded academic background includes a community college. He holds a doctorate in industrial education and technology from Iowa State University, a master's in management information systems and operations management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a master's in business administration from California State University. His undergraduate degrees include a bachelor’s in biochemistry from Michigan State University in Lansing and an associate in science from Grand Rapids Community (Junior) College in Michigan.

He is the author of more than a dozen publications and multiple presentations covering areas going beyond providing high-quality support services issues to also include significant/strategic change, leadership issues, process improvement, operations management, materiel management, sustainability (economic, environmental and social), feedback methods, value metrics, benchmarking and the impact of technology on the organization.

Dr. Kathrine Swanson, vice chancellor, student success and engagement

Dr. Kathrine Swanson, vice chancellor, student success and engagement

Kathrine Swanson, Ed.D., became Metropolitan Community College's vice chancellor for student success and engagement in August 2015.

Swanson came to MCC from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Penn., where she served for 10 years as a member of the senior leadership team, last as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. In that role, she was responsible for areas including institutional research, admissions, registration, financial aid, child care, student leadership and involvement, advising, counseling, career services, dual-enrollment initiatives, testing and placement, transfer services, veterans services and many grant-funded specialty programs.

Swanson holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Northern Michigan University, a master's in adult and higher education from Montana State University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.

Prior to her position at Montgomery County, Swanson was associate dean of students at Collin County Community College in McKinney, Texas. She also held the positions of executive director for community relations, acting provost and director of recruitment and retention during her time at Collin County Community College.

At MCC, she is responsible for student access and success initiatives through leading strategic enrollment management planning and student financial services and collaborating with campus leaders to ensure student development areas such as counseling, disability services and campus life are providing opportunities for student engagement and success both in and out of the classroom.   

Last Modified: 2/12/19