New Administrative Duties for Eight Women at Colleges and Universities

Carla Panzella, dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh, has taken on an additional role as associate vice provost. In her new role, Panzella will focus on maximizing the impact of student success programs for minoritized, first-generation and Pell-eligible students, along with supporting graduate and professional students. Before coming to Pittsburgh in 2021, Dr. Panzella was the associate vice president for student life and dean of students at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

Dr. Panzella is a graduate of St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in higher education leadership research, and policy from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

Jill Tolles was appointed executive director of the Guinn Center, a nonpartisan research and policy center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to joining the Guinn Center, Tolles served three terms in the Nevada Legislature.

Tolles holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Lauren Foxhoven was named manager of the Beacom Career Success Center in the School of Business at the University of South Dakota. She has spent the last 18 months working in the marketing industry.

Foxhoven holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of South Dakota.

Cara Ince is the new director of research and innovation public partnerships at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Ince held such roles as director of federal grants and community engagement liaison in the office of Congressman Jim Cooper, as well as director of community relations and advocacy with Conexión Americas.

Ince holds a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. She earned a master’s degree in Latin Americans and hemispheric studies from George Washington University.

Angela Griffin was appointed vice president and chief marketing and enrollment management officer at Wilmington College in Ohio. She is the former vice provost for enrollment and student academic services at St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from Antioch University Midwest.

Sarah Fortner has been promoted to director of sustainability at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She had been serving as a science education associate for Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center.

Dr. Fortner is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in geology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in geosciences from Ohio State University.

Yogananda Pittman was named chief of police at the University of California, Berkeley. She was chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. She was sworn in to active duty on the Capitol Police force just a few hours after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Pittman holds a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Tanya Ridpath is the new director of alumni relations for the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech. Most recently, she was the director of community programs at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.

Ridpath is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she majored in interior design. She holds a master’s degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford University in Virginia.

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