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Fall semester brings new faces and new challenges at Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Community College has started the Fall 2019 Semester with some new faces; while other employees at the college have taken on new challenges.

In administrative positions, Dr. Michael Goldin is serving as the interim dean of academics following the recent retirement of Dr. Patricia Morgenstern. Dr. Goldin has been assistant dean at Glen Oaks since 2018 and prior to that he was the dean of math and science at Oakland Community College. Goldin has a Ph.D from Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Moscow, Russia, a master’s degree from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s from Western Michigan University.

Assisting Goldin will be Dr. Maria Jose Rodriguez Mora, interim, assistant dean of academics, who has been a professor of microbiology at Glen Oaks since 2012. She holds a Ph.D from the University of Louisiana, and a bachelor’s from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela.

Sara Birch, R.N., is the new director of nursing. She most recently was the clinical nurse director at Oaklawn Hospital Birth Center in Marshall. Birch has a master’s and bachelor’s of nursing and a master’s of business administration all from Spring Arbor University and an associate degree from Kellogg Community College.

Robert Kuhlman is the new director of institutional innovation. He previously served as both a college and K-12 administrator.  He most recently served as interim superintendent for Three Rivers High School after serving as superintendent for Mendon and Centreville. Prior to those appointments, he served as principal of Vicksburg or 11 years. Much of his early career was as a football coach and instructor at universities in Missouri, Illinois and at WMU. He has a master’s from Central Missouri State and a bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota.

Nina Dickerson will serve as special population coordinator, counselor and academic advisor. She has a master’s from Spring Arbor University and a bachelor’s from Michigan State University. Dickerson worked for Glen Oaks in prior years as part of the Upward Bound program.

New Faculty
In new faculty roles are Sara Boylan, R.N., Carol Weatherford, and Dr. Roshini Pimmachcharige.

Boylan, instructor of nursing, has a master’s in nursing from Michigan State, a bachelor’s of nursing from Bethel College and an associate of nursing from Glen Oaks.

Weatherford, instructor of English, has a master’s from North Central University and Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s from Trinity International University. She has served as an adjunct faculty at Glen Oaks in the past.

Pimmachcharige will serve in an annual faculty role teaching chemistry. She has a Ph.D from Wayne State University.