Scottsdale Community College fills leadership posts

From left are Colleen Charleston-O’Neill and Vargha Mohebbi, (Submitted photo)

From left are Colleen Charleston-O’Neill and Vargha Mohebbi. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale Community College has selected Colleen Charleston-O’Neill as vice president of administrative services and Vargha Mohebbi as its chief information officer. They both had been serving as interim leaders in those positions, which are part of the President’s Cabinet.

Ms. Charleston-O’Neill replaces Carl Couch, who retired in December. She will lead some of the most critical areas of the college, including budget, Human Resources, facilities management, information technology and the College Master Plan, according to a press release.

Ms. Charleston-O’Neill joined SCC in 1997 as a Fiscal Technician I in the Bursar’s Office. Since that time, she has served in increasingly challenging positions and roles, which led to her becoming director of College Business Services in 2010.

She has served on a variety of college and district-wide committees and councils, including co-chair of the strategic planning task force, the higher learning commission reaffirmation team and the planning and budgeting advisory council.

Mr. Mohebbi had been serving as interim CIO for the past several months after former CIO Grant Gagnon retired in November.

During his interim service, Mr. Mohebbi has provided leadership and guidance to the IT department and entire college. He joined SCC in 2009 as supervisor of network services and has held increasingly responsible positions, including director of college technology.

He has been instrumental in putting in place a virtual environment at SCC, improving delivery of technologies and media services, and generating cost savings across platforms. He also serves on the school’s instructional strategic technology advisory committee, the sustainability action council and the information technology leadership council.

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