Jones, Wigginton, Raffetto named San Jacinto College provosts

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3 provosts named at San Jacinto College

Amanda L. Booren -- June 17, 2013

PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, has named Dr. Brenda Jones, Mr. Van Wigginton, and Dr. William Raffetto as campus provosts.

As a result of a College-wide reorganization announced earlier this year, a national search was conducted for three campus provosts. Two positions were filled on a permanent basis, one with an interim structure. The provost position combines the previous positions of the campus president and vice president for learning. The provosts will collectively focus on College-wide coordination of the College’s strategic goals and the related priorities focused on student success. They will also be responsible for managing day-to-day campus activities.

Dr. Jones is an experienced educational leader having served community colleges for more than 12 years. She first came to San Jacinto College in 2001 as an adjunct instructor in the business department at the San Jacinto College Central Campus. In addition, she served as the program coordinator for corporate education in the Continuing and Professional Development division, and in 2010 she moved to the South Campus as dean of business and technology. Dr. Jones has served as the South Campus interim provost since 2012. Prior to her administrative role at the South Campus, she served as dean of technical and professional education at Galveston College and worked for Lee College Huntsville Division as the division chair for instructors at four Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units. In 2011, Dr. Jones was nominated by her colleagues and peers to receive the Association of Educational Office Personnel (AEOP) 2011-2012 Boss of the Year award, and in 2012 was one of 38 college administrators worldwide to receive The Chair Academy Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leader Award.

Dr. Jones earned her doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake; and an associate of art, associate of applied science, and an associate of science from Lee College in Baytown, Texas.

Mr. Wigginton began his career at San Jacinto College as a government professor in 1995. Since that time, he has served as the department chair for the department of social sciences, dean of liberal arts and sciences, and interim provost. Mr. Wigginton has worked closely with local independent school districts (ISDs) in developing and expanding the College’s dual credit offerings. He also coordinated the GEAR Up Program with Pasadena ISD and is active in supporting numerous ISD partnership programs. He has also taught as a lecturer in political science at the University of Houston.

Mr. Wigginton serves on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee and on the San Jacinto YMCA Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Leadership Deer Park sponsored by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Wigginton holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Houston. He has also pursued graduate studies in political science at the University of Houston, and earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in government, both from Lamar University.

Dr. Raffetto will serve as an interim provost, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Raffetto has more than 40 years experience in education, most of those at San Jacinto College. He began at Temple College, where he served as the director of financial aid and the director of guidance for nine years. He joined San Jacinto College in 1984 as dean of student services for the South Campus. Since then, Dr. Raffetto has served in a number of positions, including vice president for student services at both the South and Central Campuses. Most recently he served as vice president of enrollment services before being appointed to the interim provost position. Prior to his administrative career, Dr. Raffetto taught high school English at Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas. He is active in professional and civic organizations, and has served as president of the Texas Association of Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers.

Dr. Raffetto holds a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Duquesne University, and a Master of Science and doctorate in counseling and higher education from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

San Jacinto College will reopen the search for the third provost position later this year, with plans to conduct interviews in February or March 2014.

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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