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EMCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Finalists

Dr. Kimberley Harrell

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Dr. Harrell holds a Doctoral Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Health and Behavioral Medicine from Northcentral University in Arizona. She has over seven years of administrative experience and is currently serving as the Associate Vice President of Instruction at Cosumnes River College, one of four colleges in the Los Rios Community College District. She brings 27 years of experience to this position, with six years as an adjunct faculty member, 13 years as a full-time faculty member, including leadership roles as department chair, college Academic Senate President, and as an elected member of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.

Dr. Harrell is committed to equitable student access to, and persistence in, higher education programs that promote economic mobility into living wage careers. She is a proponent of interdisciplinary servant learning in which students can solve real-world problems. She has garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding during her time in administration to support interdisciplinary servant learning projects that transcend time, space, and roles found in a traditional classroom. Her favorite team project was the development of a tiny house village workforce development site where students take the lead from design to building sustainable solar tiny homes for those in need. In her spare time she enjoys visiting her children in Arizona and Nevada, hiking with her husband of 33 years, running with her rescue pups, gardening, reading, and yoga.


Dr. Kathleen Iudicello

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Dr. Iudicello earned her Doctorate in English at George Washington University along with a Master of Philosophy in Literary Theory and a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Arizona State University. Prior to becoming the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), Dr. Iudicello held various leadership roles at EMCC, from Division Chair and Faculty Senate President to HLC Assurance Argument Writer and Dean of Instruction. Most recently, as Dean of Instruction at Scottsdale Community College (SCC), she provided academic operational leadership during the pandemic as Co-Chair of SCC’s COVID-19 Taskforce. In addition, she was the writer for SCC’s successful Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Interim Monitoring Report and then Assurance Argument. Dr. Iudicello also served on SCC’s C.A.R.E. Team (Concern, Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) and was the College President’s liaison to SCC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee SPAIC (SCC Promoting an Inclusive Community). Her experience as Dean of Instruction at SCC furthered her resolve to impact positive social change as a VPAA.

As Interim VPAA at EMCC, Dr. Iudicello oversees 2 Academic Deans, 12 Academic Divisions, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Performing Arts Center, Instructional Services, and the Title V Program. She works with students, staff, faculty, and community members to support student success, program development, community partnerships, and workforce initiatives. Dr. Iudicello practices servant leadership and is dedicated to educational equity and providing pathways for upward socioeconomic mobility through creative problem solving, analytical decision making, interest-based negotiation, collaboration, and innovation. Dr. Iudicello served on the final writing team for EMCC’s successful HLC Ten-Year Argument for Reaffirmation of Accreditation. She is partnering with the Academic Deans, Division Chairs as well as Student Affairs team membersand the Office of Institutional Research on a Strategic Scheduling Committee to set not only parameters for schedule builds but to rethink how EMCC schedules as a college to help students reach their transfer, certificate, and degree goals in the least amount of time, with the least amount of debt. Dr. Iudicello is a Tri-Chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team and works with the Title V Director on providing Faculty with professional development opportunities such as culturally responsive pedagogy and the Association of College and University Educators’ evidence-based teaching practices to improve student engagement and retention. She fosters community partnerships for workforce and transfer education with organizations such as the Arizona Community Foundation and the Tolleson Union High School District. Dr. Iudicello works with the Office of Institutional Research on Department of Education grants for Hispanic Serving Institutions and with the STEM Center of Excellence on National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Iudicello has a proven track record of success with grants, having led previous Title V grant and supplemental grant efforts totaling close to 3 million dollars. In addition to her extensive leadership experiences, she continues to be a Foster Youth Student Champion as well as a mentor in the Maricopa Community Colleges Linda B. Rosenthal Women’s Mentor Program. Throughout her career, Dr. Iudicello has demonstrated a strong commitment to learning-centered principles, shared governance, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. With over 15 years as a community college Residential Faculty member and close to 10 years as an administrator, she is looking forward to continuing to provide exceptional and creative learning experiences that prepare all learners to achieve their dreams and transform their lives.


Dr. Von Lawson

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Currently, Dr. Lawson serves Mt. San Jacinto College as the Dean of Career Education, where he has overall responsibility for providing day-to-day supervision and leadership to career and technical education programs' instructional personnel, expenditures, and facilities at the San Jacinto campus. Dr. Lawson has program oversight district-wide across four campuses and a 1700 square mile service area with administrative responsibility for degrees, certificates and economic workforce program development. He is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the assigned campus and programs, and supervises credit programs and departments, Adult Education/ESL/Non-Credit, and the Child Development Education Center.

Dr. Lawson has a strong background in the development and administration of apprenticeship programs, experiential learning and community/contract education. He is responsible for planning and developing programs that respond to student needs, workforce demand, and emerging fields in collaboration with faculty, staff, and other educational institutions and agencies. Summarily, Dr. Lawson brings experience spanning 30+ years in state government, higher and career technical education.


Ms. Paula Livingston

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Paula Livingston serves as the Dean of Instruction and Occupational Education at Estrella Mountain Community College. In this role, she provides collaborative visionary leadership and support for six (6) academic divisions and nine (9) occupational/CTE programs. Additionally, Paula leads work out of the Center for Workforce and Experiential Learning and the EMCC Makerspace in supporting critical workforce initiatives and project-based learning opportunities for students and our communities. In her work, Paula develops and fosters relationships with business, industry, and community organizations to further EMCC’s mission of student success. As a member of the Academic Affairs senior leadership team, Paula works diligently in creating an environment that promotes continuous reflection and improvement in the advancement of faculty and staff professional development and support for community college students.

During her time at EMCC, Paula has collaborated with faculty in developing and expanding programmatic offerings to support the economic mobility and educational advancement of students. Her focus has been on promoting teaching excellence, fostering an environment of inclusivity and teamwork, and championing innovation across the college. She has worked closely with faculty and provided academic leadership for expansion of the Nursing program, the successful partnership and launching of the first Microsoft Datacenter Academy in Arizona, and in the development of the first 2-year Artificial Intelligence program in the United States. In partnership with faculty and staff, Paula has assisted in garnering over $2 million in grants and donations to support teaching and learning, student scholarships, and workforce development programming. Prior to coming to EMCC, Paula served as the Director of Institutional Strategies at Scottsdale Community College. In that role, she provided leadership on variety of projects and initiatives including co-chairing SCC’s successful reaccreditation process, development of a college-wide strategic planning and program review model, and the management and
distribution of workforce development funds. Paula has a BS in Accounting from Weber State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.