CLEVELAND–Dr. Ron Liss will succeed Dr. Patricia Rowell as the president of Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C®) Western Campus.Dr. Patricia Rowell, retiring in June, served as president of the Western Campus for seven years.
“I am very pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Ron Liss as the next president of Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus,” saidDr. Belinda Miles, Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Cuyahoga Community College. “We look forward to Dr. Liss arriving in Cleveland as Dr. Patricia Rowell’s successor; as we wish Dr. Rowell farewell and the best of luck in her retirement.
“We are delighted to have had a rich and diverse pool of talent in the Western Campus presidential search at Cuyahoga Community College and know that the selection of Dr. Ron Liss represented the best choice. A seasoned educator, Dr. Liss has held academic and administrative positions in three community colleges in two states and knows well the classroom environment, having started his career as a teacher,” saidDr. Jerry Sue Thornton, President.
Dr. Liss is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in New Mexico, where he has worked since 2007. Dr. Liss holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Management from American University in Washington, D.C., a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Systems Design from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Bachelorof Science in Education from the State University College of New York at Buffalo.
Prior to his work at SFCC, Dr. Liss held numerous positions at Montgomery College in Maryland, including Dean for Business, Management, Chemistry, and Information Sciences; Director of Distance Learning and Academic Innovation; and Director of Academic and Student Affairs. He spent 15 years at the Community College of Baltimore County as faculty, department chair, division chair and Director of Instructional Technology. Dr. Liss began his career as a high school teacher.
Cuyahoga Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Western Campus, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma, was dedicated in 1975, although it first opened its doors to 3,000 students in 1966 in a temporary facility, the former Crile Hospital, on that site.