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College Officers

Dennis Michaelis


Interim Chancellor
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Dennis F. Michaelis, Ph.D., was appointed interim chancellor Oct. 17, 2013. He retired in August 2009 after a 21-year career as president of McLennan Community College. During his tenure at MCC, the college expanded its instructional programs and invested in technology, staffing and infrastructure improvements. Michaelis also was instrumental in developing MCC’s University Center, which provides access to affordable bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs on the MCC campus through partnerships with Tarleton State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After retiring, Michaelis continued to serve on the boards of the Brazos Higher Education Authority and Providence Health Network, a part of Ascension Health. He previously served as president of Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and Lake Region Community College in Devils Lake, N.D. Michaelis earned his doctorate in higher education administration from Kansas State University. He holds a master’s degree in English from Fort Hays State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas.

Kent Kay

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
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Kent Kay, a certified public accountant, was appointed vice chancellor for finance and administration in June 2012. Prior to joining STLCC, Kay served as vice president for finance and administration at National Louis University in Chicago, Ill. Prior to his appointment at National Louis University in 2008, Kay served for five years as the chief financial officer at Missouri State University. Other higher education experience includes six years in the University of Alabama System as the vice chancellor for financial affairs (2001), general auditor and director of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Health System Internal audit (1999), director of the Internal Audit office at UAB (1997). He also served as the director of the Internal Audit office at Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for nearly five years. Kay also served as the business manager for the Palestine (Texas) Independent School District from 1987-91, and was a CPA for two firms in Texas between 1977 and 1987. Kay holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.


Donna Dare

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
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Donna Dare was appointed to the vice chancellor position in May 2009. Dare serves as the college’s chief academic officer and is responsible for the overall planning, development, coordination, evaluation and continuous improvement of the college’s academic services functions and programs. She provides districtwide oversight of the college’s curriculum- and student-related policies, processes, systems and records. She also oversees articulation of courses and programs, assessment of student learning outcomes, and institutional and instructional resources. Dare joined the college in June 2005 as the district's director of career and technical education. She served three years as dean of communications, education, humanities and fine arts at Richland Community College. She also taught at Richland, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Millikin University. Dare earned her doctorate in education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her bachelor's and master's degrees in English are from SIU-Carbondale.


Roderick Nunn

Interim President, Forest Park Campus

Rod Nunn began duties as interim president at Forest Park in May 2014. He previously served as vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions. Nunn oversaw the Corporate College, the Workforce Solutions Group and the Continuing Education division, and supported the Center for Workforce Innovation. Before joining the college in 2008, Nunn directed the public workforce system for three governors in both Missouri and Illinois. Under Nunn's leadership, the college's workforce development team has won numerous national, state and local awards including: 2012 Education Innovator of the Year, Missouri Chamber of Commerce; 2012 Top Workforce Development Provider, Training Industry, Inc.; 2012 Exemplary Program Award, National Council for Workforce Education; 2012 Business Development Award, North County, Inc.; 2011 Growing Green Award, USBGC Missouri Gateway Chapter; 2010 Innovation of the Year, League for Innovation in the Community College; 2009 Innovative Industry Training Award, Department of Economic Development. Nunn has a doctor of management from the University of Maryland-University College's community college policy and administration program. Nunn holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He and his wife Ramona have two sons, Joshua and Judah.

Ruby Curry

Ruby Curry 

Interim President, Florissant Valley campus

Ruby Curry became interim president of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley in June 2014. She joined STLCC in 1976 as a physical education instructor and coach of the campus's women’s basketball and softball teams. She was named the Region XVI Coach of the Year in 1986. In 1993, she became chair of the Physical Education department, and was appointed dean of the Business and Human Development division in 2001. In 1990, Curry was elected as the Women’s Region XVI director for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and served until 2008.  Curry was a 2006 inductee into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2008 received the NJCAA Service Award. She served as Region VII director for the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and is a charter member of the St. Louis chapter. In 1992, Curry was selected to participate in the AAWCC Leaders program, and then developed the Student-Athlete Academic Monitoring program that still is used at STLCC today. In 2012, Curry received the David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture Award. Curry is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and a trustee at Crossroads College Preparatory School. Curry earned a master's degree in education-physical education from Eastern Illinois University, and a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Central Missouri State University.





Pam McIntyre

President, Meramec campus

Pam McIntyre was named president at Meramec in December 2013 after serving in an interim capacity the previous eight months. She was appointed the first president of the Wildwood campus in February 2008. She joined the STLCC staff in 1985 as the manager of the South County Education Center of the Meramec campus; she was then the dean of continuing education and special programs at the Meramec campus. Under McIntyre's leadership, the South County Education Center and University Center and the new Wildwood campus were opened. McIntyre received her master’s degree in education from St. Mary's College and bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College. She also attended the Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education at Harvard University. McIntyre has received recognition from various organizations, including a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce and a Certificate of Leadership from the YMCA at the Leader Lunch XVII which honored working women for their special efforts and achievement. 

Patrick Vaughn

Patrick Vaughn

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wildwood campus

Patrick Vaughn joined the college in 2010 as the vice president for academic affairs. He served as interim campus president from April 2013-March 2014. Vaughn has more than 20 years of experience in community colleges, including instructor of Theatre/Speech at Angelina College, as dean at St. Charles Community College and as vice president for academic affairs at STLCC's Wildwood campus. He  holds an interdisciplinary Fine Arts Ph.D. with an emphasis in theatre, and a master's degree in theatre from Texas Tech University. He earned a bachelor's degree fom Eastern New Mexico University that included a year and a half of credits earned from Grayson County College in Texas. Vaughn is also an avid volunteer, and has worked with the St. Charles County Parks Department, the Museum of East Texas, and Act Two Theatre in St. Peters. He has served on the board of the Angelina Alliance for the Performing Arts, served as board chair of St. Charles County Youth Choir, and was president of the St. Charles County Arts Council. He is currently a member of the West St. Louis County Rotary Club and the West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce. He is registered with the United States Martial Arts Association as a Black Belt and is a volunteer karate instructor for youth on weekends. Vaughn attained 10-1/2 years of consistent recognition at the rank of excellent or superior for play festival entries in the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association as a director. His other awards include the 2006 Academy for Leadership and Development’s International Exemplary Leader Award, Rotary Club of West St. Louis County “Service Above Self” Award, and St. Charles Community College Honorary Global Educator.  

Leadership Team Members

Executive Director, STLCC Foundation
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Jo-Ann Digman was appointed executive director of the STLCC Foundation in March 2011. She previously served as the executive director of InSight St. Louis, a non-profit dedicated to recruiting students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to St. Louis to live and work. She also served as vice president of external relations for the Merisant Company. She was director of external relations for Monsanto, and was assistant to the chancellor at Saint Louis University. Digman also served from 1986-92 as district director for U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, and as a caseworker from 1979-82 for U.S. John Danforth. She holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in social work from Saint Louis University.

Bill Miller

Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
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Bill Miller was named associate vice chancellor for human resources in June 2012. He previously served as the director of personnel for the state of Missouri, having been appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009 and confirmed by the Missouri Senate in 2010. Miller is a former city councilman and mayor of the city of Berkeley, and former commissioner for the St. Louis County Board of Elections. Miller worked in engineering for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing); as vice president of human resources for Ancilla Systems; was responsible for systemwide human resources in both Missouri and Illinois for Lutheran Senior Services; and was responsible for government intervention and consulting for the Toney Watkins Co. He is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, St. Louis Leadership Center (FOCUS St. Louis), and Human Resource Management Association. A Vietnam era veteran, Miller holds a master's degree in business from National Louis University-Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in aeronautics from Tennessee State University (Nashville, Tenn.).


Mary Nelson  

General Counsel
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Mary Nelson was named St. Louis Community College general counsel and chief legal officer in September 2014. Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including stints in two mayoral administrations in St. Louis, positions in state government, and partnerships in several firms. Nelson’s law practice concentrated in real estate, construction, and business law. She was the first African-American woman appointed to Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission, leaving that post to accept her current position with STLCC.  Nelson served as president of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners, on the 2001 Missouri House of Representatives Reapportionment and Redistricting Commission, and served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the MU Law School Foundation. An active member of the Missouri Bar, Nelson has held leadership posts for the Bar Foundation Board of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Mound City Bar Association. Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in political philosophy from Princeton University, and her juris doctorate is from the University Of Missouri School Of Law. 

Dan Kimack  

Dan Kimack

Director, Public Information and Marketing
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Dan Kimack was named the director of public information and marketing in May 2014. He is responsible for STLCC’s public information and marketing programs, including public relations, media and community relations, social media, advertising, internal communications, website, and graphic design. He also is responsible for developing brand and image strategies as well as the district’s communications plan. Prior to joining STLCC, Kimack was a marketing and communications consultant for iNCLINE Communications. He provided adaptive marketing, communications, branding, media relations, crisis strategy and counsel to large and small marketing and public relations agencies and clients. Kimack was the vice president for marketing and communications at Fleishman-Hillard Inc. His responsibilities included marketing, branding, media relations, employee communications, social and emerging media counsel, corporate reputation expertise, and crisis management counsel for a variety of national and international clients. Kimack also served as the manager of corporate communications for Save-A-Lot Ltd., a corporate writer for Stifel Nicolaus & Co., Inc., and the director of communications and advertising for the Missouri Athletic Club. A graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Kimack has won Silver Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America, as well as Gold and Silver SABRE awards from the Holmes Group.

Administrative Associate to the Chancellor & Leadership Team
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