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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.

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
E-mail jcox@capecod.edu
Twitter @CapeCodCCPrez

Si no vives para servir, no sirves para vivir. The only life worth living is one in service to the community.

Growing up in the Bronx and in the rural town of Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Dr. Arlene Rodríguez often heard her father’s word on commitment to serving the community. With service to community as the cornerstone of her personal and professional life, Dr. Arlene Rodríguez has devoted her career to creating dynamic partnerships, fundraising, and implementing initiatives with the primary goal of student success. She brings 20+ years of progressively responsible leadership experience in public higher education in Massachusetts. She has earned a reputation as a trusted leader, who is skilled at networking and building a supportive environment for both the campus and off-campus communities.

Currently the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Cape Cod Community College, Dr. Rodríguez has overseen the approval of several academic programs, including Funeral Service, Social Media Certificate, and EMT/Paramedics. Before arriving at Cape Cod Community College, Dr. Rodríguez was the Senior Academic Affairs Advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. In that position, she worked with all sectors of public higher education on initiatives that advance the department’s goals: boost college completion rates; close achievement gaps; graduate more students from underserved populations. She co-led 100 Males to College, which creates a college-bound culture among our most vulnerable students, low-income males and young men of color. Dr. Rodríguez’s career began as an English professor at Springfield Technical Community College, progressing to administration, first as academic dean and then as Vice President of Academic Affairs at the College.

Dr. Rodríguez was been extensively engaged in her community. Since arriving at Cape Cod, she has been appointed to the Barnstable County Human Services Commission and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. In the past, she has also served on the Hampden County Commission/ Status of Women and Girls, WGBY’s Board of Tribunes, Springfield YWCA’s Board of Directors, and the Latino Scholarship Fund of Western Massachusetts. She is a recognized community leader, honored with several awards, including the National Council on Community and Justice’s Human Services Award, the Springfield Women Commission’s UnSung Hero/ Woman of the Year, and the Professional Women Chamber of Western Massachusetts’ Woman of the Year.

Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Rodríguez holds a doctorate in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a M.A. from Lehigh University, and a B.A. from Fordham University.

Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs
Location Nickerson Administration Building, room 112
Phone 774.330.4305
E-mail arodriguez@capecod.edu

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
E-mail cclark@capecod.edu 

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
E-mail palexander@capecod.edu

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
E-mail dcrampton@capecod.edu

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
E-mail tjacobsen@capecod.edu
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/tammijacobsen/

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
E-mail cmccarey@capecod.edu 

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.

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
E-mail jmackinnon@capecod.edu

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
E-mail mpadilla@capecod.edu 

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
E-mail ppreston@capecod.edu 

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
E-mail yraven@capecod.edu

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
E-mail pstone@capecod.edu

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
E-mail rwixsom@capecod.edu 

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
E-mail

swu@capecod.edu 

Dean Dave Ziemba has served in a variety of roles in the academic and student affairs area, providing leadership in curriculum and program assessment, supervision of academic advising, development of innovative programs, incorporating technology into teaching and learning across disciplines, development of robust academic support services, supporting library operations, coordinating student life, and extensive work in institutional research. He has been an adjunct instructor in Computer Applications since 1990. Dean Ziemba has also served as Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities and currently serves as the College’s Code of Conduct Administrator and Student Grievance Officer.

Prior to joining the College in 1987, as a part-time faculty member, Dean Ziemba was the Business Manager at the Cape Cod YMCA, Executive Coordinator of the Cape Cod Literacy Council, Education Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Education and Program Developer at the Jamaica Palin Community Schools.

Dean Ziemba earned his Ed.M. in Education Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

David Ziemba , Dean, Learning Resources and Student Success
Location MM Wilkens Hall, room 216A
Phone 774.330.4345
E-mail dziemba@capecod.edu