Merced College names new vice presidents

The Merced College Board of Trustees announced the hiring of two new vice presidents on Thursday.

Dr. Mary K. Gilliland was selected as the vice president of instruction and Christopher H. Vitelli was chosen as the vice president of student services.

Gilliland is currently an academic dean at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., where she supervises 35 full-time faculty and about 100 part-time instructors.

She holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of California at San Diego and has conducted field research in the former Yugoslavia, China, Tibet, Germany, Sweden, Vietnam and Mongolia.

“As a cultural anthropologist, I am well aware of the broad spectrum of diversity, in our society at large, and at the institution where I currently serve,” Gilliland said in a news release. “A diverse student population is characteristic of most community colleges ... I think it is the responsibility of those of us at the college to present ourselves as an inviting, supportive place for those members of our communities who may want to access our services, but may not be yet able to because of time, language or other constraints.”

Vitelli is a Merced resident and most recently served as interim vice president of student learning at Columbia College in Sonora, where he oversaw a budget of more than $10 million. 

He earned his master’s degree in education from Harvard University and has experience in planning and research, accreditation, grants, financial management and enrollment management.

At Columbia College, he oversaw a budget of more than $10 million and has been responsible for a variety of student success programs, including student orientation, assessment and counseling.

This will be Vitelli’s second time around at Merced College. Prior to Columbia College, Vitelli was the director of business, industry and community services at Merced College. Previously, he served as director of student services and academic support services at the University of Florida.

“I am fully committed to the mission and goals of the community college system,” he said. “I am thrilled to be back at Merced College and to be part of the dynamic student services division. And on a personal note, Merced is our home. My wife and I are actively engaged in this wonderful community, and we plan to spend our lives here as active and engaged community members.”

Gilliland will report to work on July 23 and Vitelli will begin work today.