Collee anounces hiring of Santa Clarita administrator
Taft College's new superintendent/president is Dr. Dena Maloney.
The announcement was made late Thursday morning and brings to an end a nearly year-long process to find a successor to Willy Duncan, who resigned last spring to take a similar position at Sierra College in Rocklin.
Maloney currently serves as assistant superintendent/vice president of the Canyon Country campus for the Santa Clarita Community College district. Additionally, she serves as vice president of economic development for the district.
She is expected to assume her new duties at TC on May 1.
“The Board of Trustees is very pleased that Dr. Maloney has accepted the CEO position at Taft College,” board president Billy White said. “We look forward to her capable leadership through these challenging financial times and into the future. We are excited to welcome her to the college and community.”
The board identified Maloney as its “preferred candidate” at a special meeting Feb. 3, but did not reveal the selection while a contract was negotiated.
The college used a professional service to perform the job search and consult with a selection committee that included members of the community.
Professional Personnel Leasing also handled the contract negotiations once the board selected Maloney from three finalists sent to it by the selection committee.
Terms of the agreement were not announced.
Maloney earned her bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, her master's in government from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and her doctorate in education specializing in organizational leadership from University of LaVerne.
The other finalists were Dr. Kenneth Meier and Dr. Curtis Guaglianone.
Dr. Richard (Dick) Giese has been serving as interim CEO.
Duncan resigned last May after 14 years at TC where he served as chief financial officer, interim superintendent/president and then superintendent/president for two years.
He helped take the college's program for training young adults with mild intellectual disabilities to live on their own to the national stage. He lobbied Congress to provide funding so other colleges could replicate Taft's program.
He also helped guide the college's ambitious construction and remodeling program.