GCC announces new Vice President for Academic Affairs

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The Guam Community College announced Thursday that Dr. Virginia Tudela, Ph.D. is the incoming Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Prior to assuming her new role as VPAA, Dr. Tudela served as GCC’s Dean of the School of Trades and Professional Services for the past six years. A news release from GCC says that during this time, she led the expansion of GCC’s academic offerings, adding GCC’s first Bachelor’s Degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education, the Associate of Science in Practical Nursing and the development of the GCC “Future Builders” Construction Boot Camps.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position. I have a great team that cares deeply about our mission,” Dr. Tudela said. “I look forward to this new and exciting challenge. GCC has an important role to play in getting our community back to work in this extraordinary time and we are already engaging with our community partners to provide the support needed.”

GCC’s outgoing Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rene “Ray” Somera, Ph.D., is retiring after serving in the VPAA position since October 16, 2007. Dr. Somera’s impact on GCC cannot be overstated, according to their news release, as he oversaw several milestones for the college, including the most recent seven-year accreditation which was awarded with “no recommendations to meet the standards or for improving institutional effectiveness.”

“With the retirement of Dr. Ray Somera, we are confident that Dr. Gina will provide continuity and stability to GCC during this extraordinary time. We look forward to her leadership in growing GCC’s program offerings further to meet the new demands of our community and region as we enter a new normal,” Dr. Mary Okada said.

As the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Tudela will oversee Student Services & Support, Instruction, Community Programs and Continuing Education, Distance Education, Institutional Assessment, and Accreditation.

Dr. Virginia Tudela earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Guam, and her Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California. Dr. Tudela has worked with GCC since October 2002, starting as a Program Specialist and working as Coordinator of Admissions and Registration, Associate Dean for Trades and Professional Services, Assistant Director for the Office of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Dean of the School of Technology and Student Services and most recently, the Dean of the School of Trades and Professional Services.

(News Release from Guam Community College)

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