HOLYOKE — The Holyoke Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday recommended Christina Royal as its pick to become the institution’s next president.
Pending Royal’s approval to the position, she will be HCC’s first woman president as well as the fourth person to occupy the role in the school’s 70-year history.
The board unanimously cast its vote for Royal, who was one of four finalists selected from an applicant pool of 30 people, according to the college. Although there were originally four finalists, the board considered three of them after Naydeen T. González-De Jesús withdrew after accepting a new position elsewhere, according to GCC.
Now, the decision rests with the state Board of Education, who will decide in a Nov. 29 meeting in Boston whether to appoint Royal.
“We were fortunate to have three highly qualified candidates to consider,” said Robert Gilbert, chair of the board of trustees, in a statement. “During the board’s discussion, however, it quickly became clear that Christina was the best fit for HCC. There were so many things we liked about her, in particular her demonstrated success in closing achievement gaps and her sensitivity to diversity. Also, her business background and expertise with technology will be a great asset in reaching out to area employers on issues related to workforce development.”
Royal previously worked as associate vice president for e-learning and innovation at Cuyahoga Community College, located in Cleveland. She also served as director of technology-assisted learning for the School of Graduate and Continuing Education for Marist College, director of curriculum for the Beacon Institute of Learning and manager of research and development at CompUSA, according to HCC.
Royal earned her doctorate in education from Capella University as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in educational psychology and math, respectively, from Marist College.
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