New deans and director

The 2008-2009 academic year at Lone Star College-CyFair begins with changes in leadership housed across the Barker Cypress campus including three new deans and one new director.

While Michael Kirch, Jo Fey and Melissa Rotholz are already familiar faces around campus, just in new positions, Dr. Cynthia Griffith is a new face to LSC-CyFair but not to the Lone Star College System.

Griffith is the new Dean of Health and Behavioral Sciences. She served three years as the Director of Radiologic Technology at LSC- Montgomery, before becoming Dean of Workforce and Community Education in the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio in 2007. 

“Cynthia comes to us now from Northeast Lakeview College,” said Deana Sheppard, interim Vice President of Student Learning at LSC-CyFair. “She has extensive experience in both educational leadership and in the medical field.” 

Kirch is the new Dean for the Arts and Communication. His leadership roles have steadily progressed from Associate Professor of Speech and faculty excellence award winner, to coach of award-winning forensics team, to department chair, interim dean and now dean.

“Michael has excellent experience in the classroom, he has done an outstanding job as the interim dean and he will lead the division well as he continues in this role,” said Sheppard. “I appreciate Michael’s support of the LSC-CyFair Learning Signature and his commitment to student and employee success.”

Fey has been selected to lead the new division, Social Sciences and Applied Technology, following her successful tenure in the Health and Behavioral Sciences division.
She has shown a passion for academic and workforce education, established community connections and supported faculty.

 “Jo has shown her ability to lead the social sciences and is excited about learning the new technology in the new division,” said Sheppard. “She has plans to develop alternative methods of completion of programs through creative, non-traditional scheduling, delivery of training to the workplace and partnerships with businesses for training space and equipment.”

Rotholz is the new Director of Professional Development. She is leaving her position as the Program Developer and Business Training Consultant for the LSC-CyFair’s Corporate Training and Development Center to oversee the Faculty Staff Excellence Center and all professional development activities of the college.

“Melissa did an outstanding job and played a vital role in the success of the department this past year,” said Dean of New Programs and Corporate Development Abdul Tamimi. “In addition, she has excellent experience in training and development, enjoys working with faculty, staff and students, and is a dynamic facilitator.”

For information on their respective divisions or departments, call Griffith at 281-290-3988, call Kirch at 281-290-5207, call Fey at 281-290-5215, call Rotholz at 832-482-1056 or go to CyFair.LoneStar.edu.