Santa Rosa Junior College selects two deans, one director

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Santa Rosa Junior College today announced the appointment of two deans and one director.

Benjamin Goldstein is the new dean of agriculture/natural resources and culinary art. According to the announcement, he comes to the North Bay from Los Angeles Trade Technical College, where he served as dean over several career and technical education programs including construction, applied science, and business, as well as curriculum dean. Previously he served for five years in the U.S. Department of Energy in the Obama administration, managing workforce training activities to support new jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy created as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Goldstein holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an master’s degree from American University in Washington, DC.

Kerry Loewen has been chosen as a dean of arts and humanities after serving five years as chair for the department of Media Arts & Technology at New Mexico Highlands University where he was a professor of media arts. After earning an M.F.A. at San Francisco State University, he taught at San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, Foothill College, Diablo Valley College and Eastern Oregon University.

Prior to entering academia, he worked in radio at KSJO-FM in San Jose and KZAM-FM in Seattle, he served for three years as station manager at KCMU-FM at the University of Washington, and then worked for ten years in the commercial film industry, the announcement stated.

Tina Dodson will serve as director of workforce development and CTE grants. The announcement stated Dodson served as workforce development manager at Diablo Valley College for the past four years. She also was career center and grants manager at Ohlone College in Fremont for seven years.

Dodson has also served as an academic counselor in the Peralta Community College District, and a career counselor at Ohlone College.

She received a master’s degree in education counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University

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