HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – Houston Community College (HCC) has named Megan Palsa, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications and Marketing. HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E., reintroduced and welcomed her at last Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting at HCC’s Administration Building, 3100 Main in Houston.
Since Dr. Palsa started her position in April, Dr. Maldonado said her years of experience in marketing, public relations and communications, as well as creating diverse teams, are already greatly benefitting HCC.
“As a proven leader in higher education, Dr. Palsa has the perfect combination of skills required to be successful in the associate vice chancellor position,” said Dr. Maldonado of the transplant from Texas A&M University. “We are already seeing the new ideas and positive energy she is bringing to her role.”
Dr. Palsa credits the existing HCC Communications Department for a smooth transition into her role.
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“I’m honored to be part of the college and community,” said Dr. Palsa. “The communications and marketing team at HCC is dynamic, energetic and creative. I’m looking forward to working with everyone.”
With 20 years of leadership experience before arriving at HCC, Dr. Palsa’s most recent role was that of Executive Director of Communications, Media & Public Relations at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Before that, she served in director and associate director roles in the Office of Graduate Studies and the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M. Dr. Palsa also served as Director of Marketing for the Dallas County Community College District. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Palsa was selected following a national search process by an advisory committee comprising of HCC faculty and administrators.
“The dedication of faculty and administrator representatives on the committee was instrumental in establishing a pool of highly qualified finalists,” said Dr. Maldonado. “I want to thank the committee members for their service.”
Chancellor Maldonado also celebrated the “stellar work” of Dr. Michael Edwards as interim AVC of Marketing and Communications during the search process.
“Please join me in thanking Dr. Edwards for his service to Houston Community College, said Dr. Maldonado. “His longstanding dedication to HCC will continue as Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.”
The Chancellor added that he believes Dr. Palsa’s creative energy and leadership will elevate Houston Community College to an even greater level of success.
“The entire HCC family has never been in a better position to set the national tone for my main priority—student success,” said Dr. Maldonado.