Final candidates announced for EMCC Vice President of Administrative Services

Todd McDonald
Todd McDonald
Dr. Heather Weber
Dr. Heather Weber

 Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), one of the 11 colleges of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), will be holding public forums April 16 for the two finalists competing for the position of the Vice President of Administrative Services. The forums are free, open to students, faculty, staff and community members, and are held in the Estrella Conference Center on the EMCC campus, located at 3000 N. Dysart Rd., in Avondale, Ariz.

Each of the forums will provide an opportunity to individually feature the final candidates, allowing for a brief introduction, the candidate’s own presentation of qualifications, and a question and answer session with attendees.

Candidate biographies are included below.

The Vice President of Administrative Services (VPAS) serves as the chief financial and operations officer reporting directly to the President and has oversight of the implementation of the College's integrated plan for the operations and improvement, leveraging shared governance.  The VPAS has oversight of operations such as Business Services, Planning and Budget, Information Technology Services, Human Resources, Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management and Campus Police. The position works collaboratively as a member of the college’s executive leadership team to advance the strategic goals and objectives of Estrella Mountain Community College.  The VPAS is a vital collaborator with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to support the college in its vision to empower learners, inspire excellence, and strengthen communities.

The job was posted February 7, 2018, and closed March 4, 2018, and included a national search through various employment mediums.

Todd McDonald currently serves as the Vice President of Administrative Services at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL (LLCC).  LLCC is a comprehensive community college and serves communities in an area just over 4,100 square miles in central Illinois.  In FY17 LLCC served 4,421 full-time equivalent students (unduplicated headcount of 11,353) in addition to extensive non-credit programming with total expenditures in all funds of $86.2M.  As the Vice President for Administrative Services Todd provides leadership and oversight for LLCC’s budget and finance office, human resources, facilities maintenance and construction, police, risk management and auxiliary operations.  Todd’s top 5 leadership themes as identified through the Gallup StrengthsFinder tool are adaptability, relator, empathy, strategic and developer.  He places a high value on communication and relationship building to further the goals of the institution.

To enhance his institutional role, Todd serves a member of the Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corps.  Immediately prior to LLCC, Todd served as Vice President of Finance and Facilities at North Central Michigan College where he also had the opportunity to oversee information technology and lead a $10.5M, 40,000 square-foot construction project completely overhauling existing science lab spaces and building additional space for health education programs.

Todd earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Northern Illinois University and passed the CPA exam in Illinois.  He recently completed all coursework for his Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University.  He is currently working on his dissertation and plans to defend the dissertation in December 2018.

Outside of work Todd enjoys travel, photography, time with family and friends, and volunteers with the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA).  A significant personal accomplishment of his was running the Chicago Marathon in 2013 as a member of ABTA’s fundraising team.

Dr. Heather Weber brings over 15 years of higher education experience to her role as Interim Vice President of Administrative Services at Estrella Mountain Community College. As the Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Dr. Weber provides executive-level leadership for the college’s Administrative Services functions including Business Services, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Auxiliary Services, and College Police. With extensive experience in operations, project management, budget development, and long-term financial planning, Dr. Weber has demonstrated experience in reaching across disciplines and operational areas to implement and move strategic initiatives forward. Dr. Weber currently represents institutional interests to both internal external constituencies and serves on multiple college and district committees such as the Vice President of Administrative Services Council and the District Industry Partnership Transformation Guiding Team.

Prior to her role as Interim Vice President, Dr. Weber served as a Dean of Workforce, Math-Science.  As an instructional leader for both credit and clock-hour programs, her leadership efforts focused on the development and implementation of structured pathways and transfer programs that meet regional economic and workforce needs. Her areas of responsibility included programs such as Energy, Networking Technologies, Nursing, Public Safety, Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Culinary, Teacher Education, Business, Science, Math, Physics, and Engineering. She has served as a member of the Center for the Future of Arizona’s (CFA) Pathways to Prosperity Phoenix Regional Workgroup, the Arizona Sun Corridor - Get into Energy Consortium Advisory Board, the Southwest Business and Education Advisory Board, the Arizona Occupational Administrators Council, and the Center for Energy Workforce Development.

Dr. Weber has conducted extensive research on classroom design and student engagement in post-secondary institutions. and serves as a national speaker and writer on the subject of how classroom design contributes to student learning and engagement. She holds a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 11 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Classes are also offered online and at EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Ariz.