Dr. Bob Curry

Dr. Bob Curry

Associate Superintendent / Vice-President Academic Affairs

Education: B.A., San Francisco State University, M.A. California State University, Chico, Ph.D. University of Connecticut.

Dr. Curry began his service as associate superintendent/vice president of academic affairs in 2018, bringing 13 years of higher education experience.   Dr. Curry has served as an academic dean, overseeing the English department and the Academic Resource Center, as well as the library and distance learning resources at Hancock College.  He also served as dean for the school of arts and sciences at State University of New York (SUNY) Alfred State College.  Curry earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and creative writing from San Francisco State University. He went on to receive a master’s degree in English from California State University, Chico, and a Ph.D. in English from University of Connecticut.

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. 

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 Oct 23, 2018