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4Cs Senior Leadership

The Senior Leadership team at Cape Cod Community College, working in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, helps set the path forward for the College community.

Below is a list of the Senior Leadership.

President John Cox

John L. Cox, EdD, CPA, assumed leadership of Cape Cod Community College on July 1, 2012, committed to the success of its students across the Cape, the Islands, and the South Coast of Massachusetts. Developing and strengthening partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, government, and other educational institutions he has leveraged the College’s efforts to continue to expand education and workforce development opportunities, increase retention, and enhance the success of students, faculty, and staff.

President Cox has led the expansion of technical education programs, including the FAA-approved accelerated aviation maintenance technician program. Under his leadership, the program gained $1.95 million in state support to acquire airport hangar space for classrooms, $2.5 million in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training funding from the US Department of Labor presented by Vice President Joe Biden, and $300,000 in National Science Foundation support to provide additional aid to students. This program involves partnerships with several airlines, including Cape Air and JetBlue, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other aviation service companies.

Cape Cod Community College continues its commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and the transfer of its students’ general education course credits to colleges and universities all over this country, and the world. During his presidency, the College has introduced Q-Terms (Quick Terms), intensively delivered courses in an 8-week program. Our guaranteed Associate-Bachelor degree agreement with UMass Dartmouth helped advance the move to the statewide Commonwealth Commitment, where full-time students can qualify for reduced costs of degree programs.

Dr. Cox participated in the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Program to India in March 2014. Having met the Joint Secretary overseeing India’s higher education, Dr. Cox received plan information for the community college initiative in India, which was shared with USIEF. Most recently he was asked to join the Joint Task Force on Community Colleges as part of the Indian Higher Education Dialogue, sponsored by the US Department of State and the Government of India in late Fall of 2014.

Expansion of study abroad programs at the Cape's community college continues to be a personal goal. Last year students in a Comparative Economics course traveled to India and Dubai and a Spanish course traveled to Cuba. Having been on the 2012 Fulbright Commission's Community College Seminar in Russia, President Cox served on the American Association of Community Colleges' Commission on Global Education, and has studied and consulted in England, Zimbabwe, Turkey, and Brazil.

Most recently, he led a NEASC accreditation team site visit to a New England community college. Dr. Cox served previously as Vice President for Finance, Operations and Government Relations at Harford Community College, Maryland. He earned his doctorate from George Washington University, and received the 2010 John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement, Doctoral Dissertation, through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Dr. Cox has published in the International Journal of Educational Advancement, and has taught in the Higher Education Administration at Kent State University, and the doctorate program in Community College Policy and Administration at UMUC. In addition, he has served on the National Association of College and University Business Officers Community College Council, and was a former Community College Leadership Fellow sponsored by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and Morgan State University. The 4Cs President has served in positions at Portland State University, Harford County Public Schools, University of Maryland, the University of Southern California, and is a former Pennsylvania township manager.

Dr. John Cox, President
Location Nickerson Administration Building, room 110
Phone 774.330.4301
Twitter @CapeCodCCPrez

Portrait of Chris Clark

Chris is a native of Massachusetts having been born in Brockton and growing up in Easton. Fourth of six kids, Chris's working class family instilled in each a desire to obtain a college education. All six graduated with at least a Bachelor's Degree. His journey brought him to Bridgewater State University (BSU) where he obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science. Unsure what career to pursue, he took classes in Public Administration his Senior year, realizing his passion.

Upon graduating from BSU, Chris decided to pursue a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Suffolk University. Working a work study job and in a family business, he finished his MPA in two years. He next moved to learn to be a Professional Public Administrator by obtaining positions as an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for about a decade and half. He was a Chief Administrative Officer for three various large organizations Vernon, CT for over 2 Years, Southbridge for 5 and a half, years and Harwich 6 and a half years. He sought a change and to provide his experience as Vice President of Finance and Operations for 4C's.

Christopher Clark, Vice President of Finance and Operations
Location Nickerson Administration Building, room 106
Phone 774.330.4303

Portrait of Paul Alexander

Paul has served as Associate Vice President/ Chief Human Resources and Payroll Officer since August 2016.

Prior to coming to the College, he served in senior-level human resources positions at Roxbury Community College, Columbia University Medical Center, and Tufts University.

His corporate-level HR roles include domestic and international assignments with Citibank, Pitney Bowes, and the Seagram Corporation.

Paul has a B.A. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, his Graduate Fellowship in Community College Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, a Certificate in Mediation from the NY Center for Mediation & Law, and in Critical Incident Stress Management from the University of Maryland.  He has a life-long commitment to establishment of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Best Practices, diversity achievement and community outreach.

Paul Alexander, Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
Location Nickerson Administration Building, room 106
Phone 774.330.4307

Portrait of Don Crampton

Dr. Donald Crampton serves as the Dean of Academic & Student Affairs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Cape Cod Community College. Dr. Crampton earned a B.A. in Biochemistry at Ithaca College, a Ph.D. in Botany at Arizona State University and worked as an NIH post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Prior to this appointment at Cape Cod Community College, he served as Director of Advising and Academic Success at Mills College (CA). Dr. Crampton specializes in developing research-based, data‐informed and student‐centered approaches to institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Donald Crampton, Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Location Science, room 201
Phone 774.330.4994

Portrait of Tammi Jacobson

Tammi Jacobsen serves as the Director of Workforce Development and Training for The Center for Corporate and Professional Education (CCAPE) at Cape Cod Community College. In her role Tammi executes the delivery of career and workforce training solutions to individuals, businesses and community organizations in the region to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.

Over the past six years, Tammi has led efforts to provide individuals with industry specific educational opportunities to acquire the skills needed to obtain a sustainable and successful career in the region. In addition, Tammi has led the CCAPE team in expansion efforts with several employers to provide educational opportunities that span across the organization addressing the targeted needs of staff from entry level to executive level.

Under Tammi’s leadership, CCAPE has assisted local employers in obtaining over 1.5 million dollars in grant-supported training. This funding provides local employers with access to high-quality training, contributing to small business economic growth across the region.

Tammi’s background includes over 20 years of economic development and business advisory services. Her experience spans many different industries and regions throughout New England, focusing on the delivery of professional skills development, business process improvement and business expansion.

Being a community college graduate, Tammi understands first-hand the important role community colleges play in workforce development, local economic development, vocational training, and providing educational opportunities many students would otherwise not have access to. Tammi holds an Associate in Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Tammi Jacobsen, Director of Workforce Development and Training, The Center for Corporate and Professional Education
Location Hyannis Center
Phone 508.375.5011

Portrait of Christine McCarey

Dean Christine McCarey started at Cape Cod Community College in the summer of 2012 as the Coordinator of Admissions. Christine brought with her a wealth of experience from her tenure as Assistant Director of Admissions/Recruitment at Mass Maritime Academy in neighboring Buzzards Bay. In 2014, she accepted the position of Dean of Enrollment & Advising Services at the college. Her oversight of Student Wellness, re-vitalization of the Life Fitness Center, and the implementation of a JED campus have provided the students with a safe and healthy campus environment for successful learning and retention.

Christine McCarey is a native of Massachusetts and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management and Master of Science degree in Sport Management at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is anticipating completion in 2021.

Christine McCarey, Dean of Enrollment Management and Advising Services
Location Grossman Commons, Second Floor room 206A
Phone 774.330.4315

Portrait of Cathy McCarron

Cathy McCarron is the Dean of Arts, Humanities & Adult Education.

Previously, Cathy was Professor of English and Humanities at Middlesex Community College where she worked for 14 years. She served as department chair, co-coordinator of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Community, faculty chair of the five-year NECHE report, chair of the retention committee, member of the strategic planning steering committee, study abroad leader, and recipient of the NISOD excellence award. She taught courses in composition and literature and honors seminars in world cultures and Latin American cultures. She served as a segment leader in the Department of Higher Education’s MassTransfer initiative and has been involved in state-wide efforts related to English language learners, open education resources (OER), and assessment. Prior to her time at Middlesex, Cathy spent nearly 15 years working in administration and teaching part-time at Northeastern University. She earned her BA from Boston College, MA from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education leadership at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Portrait of Joe McKinnon

Joe is the Director of Facilities at 4Cs and has been with the College in this role for two years. He is responsible for Facilities Services, Project Management, Safety and Sustainability for the College.

He previously was a Vice President with an International Real Estate and Facilities Services firm, managing Facility Services for Procter & Gamble’s North American portfolio, with an operating budget of over $30 Million. Joe has worked for large companies such as P&G, Gillette, and Duracell with similar roles and prior to Facilities/Project Management, and also worked in the Construction Industry as a Project Manager. He has led successful projects at many Higher Ed Institutions such as M.I.T., Harvard, and Brandeis University.

In his last role, Joe was awarded the P&G Account Global LEADs Award (account M.V.P. 2010) and was awarded the 2015 Beacon Spotlight Award recognizing best of his firm’s people managers.

Joe MacKinnon, Director of Facilities and Sustainability
Location Maintenance 103
Phone 774.330.4475

Kathy Vranos

Dr. Kathleen M. Vranos serves as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for Cape Cod Community College after previously serving as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Adult Education for nearly two years. Most recently, Kathleen served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Dean College, a small, private, baccalaureate -degree granting institution in Franklin, Massachusetts. She also brings fifteen years of higher education experience from Greenfield Community College, where she served as an academic dean, department chair, and tenured professor of business. Kathleen has been a visiting accreditation team member for the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).  She also has extensive experience overseeing assessment, program-level accreditation, new program development, institutional strategic planning, and application of educational technologies and professional development to support new instructional modalities. Kathleen’s passion for advancing social and environmental justice by creating accessible, transformational, educational experiences for all students has found its deepest fulfillment in the community college sector.

Dr. Vranos earned her doctorate in education with a higher education administration concentration from Northeastern University in 2019. Inspired by the faculty’s innovative work advancing student success at Cape Cod Community College, her dissertation focused on academic leadership that supported faculty innovation that advanced student success at scale.  Kathleen also holds a Master of Science in Advertising from Northwestern University and a baccalaureate degree in English/Communications from Boston College. Prior to launching her career in higher education, Kathleen served as a marketing communications/strategic planning manager in the private sector. As a resident of Cape Cod, Kathleen is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to building a powerful future for the community.

Dr. Kathleen M. Vranos, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs
Location Nickerson 112
Phone 774.330.4305

Chief Maria Padilla

Maria Padilla has been serving as College Police Chief at 4Cs since July 31, 2017. She is a native New Yorker with her roots from Washington Heights in upper Manhattan.  With a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security, she comes with over 40 years of policing and private sector security experience. Chief Padilla also spent 8 years teaching in the South Bronx in both middle and secondary schools. She owns a piece of NYC history by being the first Hispanic female sworn into the NYC Transit Police Department, along with four other first women. With more than 20 years in specialized units, she retired in the rank of Sergeant out of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in narcotics.

Chief Padilla previously served as Director of Security at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Security Department Manager at Columbia University Barnard College. When not working she enjoys outdoor recreation, cultural programs, traveling, and construction projects. Presently she is completing her EMT certification from 4Cs.

Maria Padilla, Chief of College Police
Location Grossman Commons, 1st Floor
Phone 774.330.4866

Portrait of Patrick Preston

Dr. Patrick Preston serves as the Dean of Health Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Human Services, Funeral Services, Business and Advanced Studies. Prior to joining Cape Cod Community College in 2017, Dean Preston served for 10 years as the Department Chair for Entertainment Management at Bay State College, Boston, MA, where he oversaw Associate and Bachelor degree students preparing for careers in the Music Industry and Audio Production.  He has earned his B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Massachusetts/Boston; his M.A. in Public History from Northeastern University; his M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts/Amherst; and his Doctor of Law & Policy: from Northeastern University. 

Patrick Preston, Dean of Health Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Services and Business
Location Frank Wilkens Hall, Room 214A
Phone 774.330.4347

Angela Quitadamo

Angela Quitadamo serves as the Dean of Student Retention and Completion at Cape Cod Community College.  Dean Quitadamo is a first-generation college graduate with experience and respect for traditional and adult learners balancing the demands of employment, family, and school.  Her career in Massachusetts has included positions in college-access, financial aid, and college administration because she recognizes and believes in the transformative power of higher education.

Dean Quitadamo received her doctorate in Leadership and Change from Antioch University where she conducted research on the social-emotional climate in community college classrooms.  Angela has also studied History and Women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA), Non-Profit Management at Worcester State University (MS), and Leadership and Change (MA) at Antioch University.

Angela Quitadamo, Dean of Student Retention and Completion



Portrait of Yvette Raven

Yvette Raven serves as the Associate Dean of Online and Blended Learning, Academic & Student Affairs. Ms. Raven earned her Master of Education in Instructional Technology at East Stroundsburg University of Pennsylvania where she also served as a Frederick Douglass Scholar. Her focus areas of research included online learning, technology use and user experiences that impact both students and faculty of diverse backgrounds.

Her career spans 20 years in Higher Education digital innovation and technology including Manager of media development at Pearson Higher Ed to design the first LMS with Blackboard; programmer and developer for the National Guard Bureau to support deployed members to complete their coursework online, and was the first to utilize online resources as Professor of Computer Science, at Northampton Community College.

Prior to this appointment, she served on the award-winning team at Thomas Edison State University to manage, design and develop online courses for adult learners. She also served on the IT team at Cape Cod Community College as Executive Director, IT Projects.

Yvette Raven , M.Ed. IT, Associate Dean, Online & Blended Learning
Location Wilkens Library, room LG-4
Phone 774.330.4402

Portrait of Patrick Stone

Patrick Stone has served the Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing for 4Cs since 2018. In his role, he oversees the College’s recruitment and retention messaging, advertising, on-campus and digital communications, brand management and visual communication.

A community college graduate and product of Massachusetts public higher education, he has worked in community college marketing since 2011, leading successful and innovative teams for several institutions in the south coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With a passion for student and alumni storytelling, timely and relevant student marketing strategies, and powerful visual communication, he works to tell the story of 4Cs by spotlighting the people who make it special.

Patrick is an active member of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) and is currently serving a 2-year term on their Executive Board as National Director-at-Large. He is a former NCMPR National Rising Star of the Year and has led multiple award winning marketing campaigns, including the current “Be Powerful” campaign at 4Cs which won the 2019 Medallion Award for Outstanding Marketing or Recruitment Campaign.

Patrick Stone , Director, Strategic Communications and Marketing
Location Nickerson Administration Building, room 119
Phone 774.330.4714

Portrait of Rick Wixsom

Rick joined Cape Cod Community College as CITO in August of 2017. He began his IT career as an Operations Programmer at Berkshire Life Insurance Company in 1986, working his way up to Senior Security Analyst, and finally Senior Network Engineer. In 2001, Rick became Director of Information Technology at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, a position he held for 16 years until his move to Cape Cod.

Rick brings a wide range of Information Technology skills in the areas of networking, telecommunications, client services and security, through his 33 years in the IT field.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has held several technology certifications throughout his career.

Richard Wixsom, Chief Information and Technology Officer
Location Lorusso Tech, Room 201
Phone 774.330.4701

Portrait of Shuqi Wu

Shuqi Wu is the Director of Institutional Research and Planning. She joined the Cape Cod Community College in July, 2020.  Dr. Wu has over ten years of work experience in institutional research, data visualization and program review. She received her Ph.D. in educational administration from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Shuqi Wu, Director of Institutional Research and Planning
Location Tilen Arts Building 209
Phone 774.330.4574