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 Dr Melinda Nish

Dr. Melinda Nish

Associate Superintendent / Vice-President Academic Affairs

Education: B.A., Political Science & International Relations, University of Utah, M.A., Economics, University of Utah, Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Change, Fielding

Dr. Nish began her service as interim associate superintendent/vice president of academic affairs in 2018, bringing 30 years of experience in higher education serving in executive administrative roles in the California Community College system as well as experience from the American College of Switzerland, Salt Lake Community College, and the College of the Marshall Islands.  As a first generation college graduate, she knows the power of education in changing lives.  She received her BA in Political Science and MA in Economics from the University of Utah, a graduate certificate in international economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and her doctorate of education from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.

Michael Black

Michael R. Black

Associate Superintendent / Vice-President Finance and Administration

Education: B.S. Finance, California State University, Sacramento; M.S. Accountancy, California State University, Sacramento

Mr. Black joined the Administration of Allan Hancock College in 2007 as Managing Director, PCPA, adding the duties of Director, Auxiliary Accounting to his responsibilities in 2010.  Mr. Black assumed the role of interim V.P. Finance and Administration in January 2015 and was awarded the permanent position in June, 2015.  Mr. Black’s prior experience includes 27 years of executive and senior leadership roles in finance, planning, marketing, customer service and sales in the steel manufacturing and building products industries.

Nohemy Ornelas

Nohemy Ornelas

Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services

Education: A.A., Allan Hancock College; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo 

Ms. Ornelas has served as the associate superintendent/vice president of student services at Allan Hancock College since 2014. Ornelas considers the opportunity to advocate for student success on a daily basis as the most rewarding experience of her professional career. Ornelas oversees various support services, programs, and departments, as well as manages state and federal grants. She believes the college opens doors for students to infinite possibilities, and sees her role as widening those doors and creating pathways to success.

Paul Murphy

Dr. Paul M. Murphy

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Education: B.A., M.A., California State University; Ph.D., University of California

Dr. Murphy began his service as vice president of institutional effectiveness in 2015, bringing 30 years of experience in higher education serving in various faculty and administrative roles in the UC, CSU, and Community College systems in California. Dr. Murphy’s role as vice president of institutional effectiveness is to support continuous and integrated systems for planning, implementing, assessing, analyzing, and improving college programs and services in fulfillment of the college’s stated mission using data driven decision-making. Prior to his role as the vice president, Dr. Murphy served as dean of instruction, director of a $4.3 million Department of Education STEM grant, director of institutional research, and statistics lecturer; he currently teaches economics part time.

Susan Houghton

Susan Houghton

Executive Director, College Advancement

Education: B.S. Journalism/News Editorial – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; M.S. Administration/Philanthropy (in progress) – Central Michigan State University 

Ms. Houghton joined Allan Hancock College in July 2016 as Executive Director, College Advancement, a newly formed department managing Public Affairs and Communications, Graphics and Print Shop, Institutional Grants and the AHC Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing community and fundraising support to the college.  She has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, corporate and crisis communications, educational communications and philanthropy. Ms. Houghton joins AHC from the University of California at Berkeley where she served as the Director of Development and Communications. Most of her career was spent at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Security/Nuclear Weapons facility as Director of Public Affairs. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and personally founded three non-profit organizations related to Autism and developmental disabilities. 

Kelly Underwood

Kelly Underwood

Director, Human Resources

Education: B.A. English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; M.A. Educational Leadership, California Lutheran University 

Ms. Underwood joined the staff of Allan Hancock College in 2005, and promoted into the position of Human Resources Director in 2016. Her professional achievements include seven years of adjunct teaching experience, California Association of Chief Human Resource Officers Leadership Academy 2015 certificate, SHRM® Essentials of Human Resource Management, and union leadership roles. Ms. Underwood is also a proud third generation military veteran.

Andrew Masuda

Andrew Masuda

Director, Public Affairs and Communications 

Education: B.A. University of California, Los Angeles 

Mr. Masuda joined the Public Affairs and Communications office at Allan Hancock College in 2013. He oversees the college’s marketing, advertising, public relations, and media relations, as well as supervises the Campus Graphics department. Prior to Hancock, he spent 11 years in the television news industry as an anchor and reporter.

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Last Modified Apr 13, 2018