Interim president for MCC-Penn Valley named

Dr. Tony Ross, most recently vice president for student affairs at California State University-Los Angeles, has been named interim president of the MCC-Penn Valley campus.

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Dr. Tony Ross

Ross is stepping in as Dr. Joe Seabrooks leaves MCC for a community college presidency in Dallas. Seabrooks served as president at MCC-Penn Valley and, before that, at MCC-Blue River.

Chancellor Mark James, who made the announcement Aug. 1, said Ross starts his new job Aug. 15 “and will serve until a successful search for the permanent president is completed.”

Ross had worked since 2000 at Cal State L.A., where he was vice president for student affairs and associate professor in the Charter College of Education. Ross previously worked one year as vice president for development with Edison Schools, and five years at Wichita State University, serving as associate to the president and later interim vice president for student affairs.

He has also worked as an administrator at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, and St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., both alma maters. (He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in counseling from St. Lawrence and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Northern Arizona.) He began his career at Utica College (New York) in 1975 as a counselor in the Higher Education Opportunity Program.