Top 10 of 2018: New Leadership Brings New Talent and New Ideas (10)

Oakton in 2018 solidified and enhanced its future through the hiring of several new leaders who bring a broad wealth of experience to the college.

The following administrators were hired or began their service in 2018:

  • Chief Advancement Officer Katherine Sawyer came to Oakton in April after nearly seven years serving as Elgin Community College’s executive director of institutional advancement and ECC Foundation;
  • Maribel “May” Alimboyoguen became Oakton’s first assistant dean for health careers after serving as the director of medical programs and dental hygiene at Malcolm X College;
  • Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/College Transitions Anne O. Brennan came to Oakton after establishing the Office of Transfer and Articulation for City Colleges of Chicago;
  • Collette Hands was formerly the associate vice president for continuing education, training and workforce development at Oakton before being named associate vice president, chief human resources officer;
  • Joseph Scifo became the college’s new director of facilities in September after serving in a similar capacity at Augustana College, where he was responsible for the overall maintenance and upkeep of more than 90 campus buildings and 115 acres of grounds;
  • Marc Battista was appointed the college’s associate vice president for Workforce Education/dean of Business and Career Programs effective January 2019; and
  • Kelly Iwanaga Becker was selected assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness and strategic planning in December with a March 2019 start date.