The appointment becomes effective July 1.
“Throughout her outstanding career, Sharon Pierce has been dedicated to urban education and the mission of community and technical colleges,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. “Dr. Pierce is committed to students and their success. She will ensure that MCTC continues to be a great partner with the public schools, businesses, and community organizations across the city of Minneapolis.”
Pierce has served Howard Community College (Md.) as the vice president for academic affairs since 2010, as chair of the Health Sciences Division from 2005 to 2010, as director of the nursing education program from 2001 to 2006 and she was on the nursing faculty from 1990 to 2010. She also served as a practicing nurse from 1978 to 1990. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from the University of Maryland and a doctorate from Morgan State University (Md.).
Pierce will succeed Avelino Mills-Novoa who has been serving as interim president since 2014.
Also in higher education, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities named Hara Charlier president of Central Lakes College (CLC). CLC has campuses in Brainerd and Staples. As with Pierce, appointment also becomes effective July 1.
“Hara Charlier brings to Central Lakes College an impressive wealth of rural community college experience,” said Rosenstone. “Dr. Charlier is a tremendously collaborative leader who will work closely with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders to meet the needs of the Chain of Lakes region.”
Charlier served as vice president of instruction and student services at Virginia Highlands Community College since 2012. Previously, she was dean of life science and human services from 2010 to 2012 at Blue Ridge Community College (Va.) and interim vice president of instruction and student services. Charlier holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s from Miami University (Ohio), and a doctorate from Old Dominion University (Va.).
Charlier will succeed Larry Lundblad who retires at the end of the academic year.