Campus Scene - November/December 2006.

Dr. John Colson, Agustίn Albarrán, and Francis Steindorf Join Grossmont Grossmont College Administrative Team

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Dr. John Colson

Dr. John Colson has been appointed to the permanent position as Vice President, Student Services.

Dr. Colson comes to Grossmont College with a well rounded educational background. He has completed an Ed.D. at the University of Georgia. His dissertation was on “An Exploratory Study of Presidential Leadership in Selected Small Colleges in the Southeast.” Dr. Colson also completed his Master of Arts degree at the University of Georgia, with his thesis focusing on the topic: “The Plight of Pluralism.” He completed his B.A. at Toccoa Falls College with a focus on “Postmodernism’s Atheology.”

Not only is does Dr. Colson have a solid educational background, but he also has an extensive portfolio showcasing an impressive array of work experience. He has served as Assistant Dean of Campus Life at Charleston Southern University, Director of Student Life, Waycross College, GA, Vice President of Student Affairs, Bainbridge College, GA, and interim Vice President of Student Affairs at Grossmont College, CA.

At Grossmont College, as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Colson has captured the hearts of students, faculty and fellow administrators.

“Those of us who have worked directly with him know that he brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the position. As well, Dr. Colson possesses many very positive personal characteristics, among them a strong dedication to his work and that of Student Services, as well as a willingness and ability to perform effectively in the broader institutional realm as a member of our executive administrative team. He has shown himself to be a consummate team builder and team player,” states Dr. Dean Colli, Grossmont College’s interim president.

“I believe that service to students is paramount and all that we do on campus, and especially Student Services, should communicate that students are number 1. Students, faculty, and staff should be treated with respect and fairness. My vision is to provide the aforementioned in such a manner that Grossmont remains an exciting experience for the entire college family. I want to see prospective students provided access while current students are assisted in meeting their personal, academic, and career goals,” said Dr. Colson when asked about his vision for the college.

“Grossmont College is the greatest institution that I’ve had the pleasure of being associated with. The team of professionals here is dedicated, the leadership is visionary and resourceful, and the students are serious about their studies. The campus setting is picturesque and I look forward to arriving each day. In short, this is a fun place to be and friendly people make the job a delight,” added Dr. Colson.

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Agustín Albarrán

Mr. Agustín Albarrán is the new Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, at Grossmont College.

Albarrán brings with him many years of direct work experience in the field of Student Services. He has worked closely with students and has handled student affairs at University of California, San Diego, for nine years. Through the various positions he has held at UC, San Diego, Albarran has been involved in various activities as guided by the positions he has held.

Albarrán has also been deeply engaged in student recruitment, retention, and student activities. At UCSD, he directed the Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS). He was also extensively involved with UCSD’s graduate student programs and the Graduate Student Programming Council.

Notable among Albarrán’s contributions to UCSD is the work he did for the institution as its Community and Outreach Coordinator. He conducted research on structures for parent education within the UC/UCSD, the region, and the state.

As UCSD’s Outreach Officer, Albarrán created, planned, and directed the College Advocates Program and a personal visitation program for disadvantaged students and their families. He worked with community outreach programs to provide admissions information and conduct workshops to students, parents, and community liaisons.

Albarrán’s educational background is as impressive as his work experience. He holds a master’s degree in education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from UCSD. He is currently pursing his Ed.D. degree at UCSD.

Grossmont College is very fortunate to have Albarrán’s as part of the Student Services unit.

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Francis Steindorf

Mr. Francis Steindorf has been appointed as the new Associate Dean of EOPS. Before joining Grossmont College, Steindorf served as the EOPS Director at Evergreen Valley College (EVC) since 2005. Preceding his service at EVC, he was the EOPS Director at Merced College since 2002. In addition to this, Steindorf has held supervisory positions in pre-K through post-secondary educational programs for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. He has been instrumental in creating and promoting diversity compliance and public relations projects.

In addition, Steindorf has also held several part-time adjunct faculty appointments teaching multicultural issues. He has held counseling and coordinator roles for several Native American tribes in Wisconsin and South Dakota. Steindorf has published “Native Realities,” a teaching guide accompanying the musical recording of the same title.

Steindorf also has an M.S. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Wisconsin, and he is currently working on a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Viterbo College.

Steindorf has started his tenure at Grossmont College on February 1, 2007. We welcome him enthusiastically.

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