Lake Tahoe Community College hires new VP of administrative services
May 24, 2017
Lake Tahoe Community College has a new top level administrator.
The college's board of trustees approved Russi Egan at a special meeting Thursday, May 18, according to a press release form the college. Egan will serve as the college's vice president of administrative services, a position that has been vacant since January when Jeff DeFranco, who was the previous vice president, was selected as LTCC's superintendent and president.
Egan will begin in her new role at LTCC on July 1. She currently serves as the vice president of administrative services and chief financial officer at Palo Verde College in Blythe, California. Palo Verde is one of 72 college districts in California's community college system, and, according to the press release, it is similar in size, demographics and characteristics to LTCC. Egan has also served as chief business officer at Palo Verde since October 2012. Prior to that, she served as Palo Verde's fiscal services manager since November 2004. Egan earned her Master of accountancy degree from National University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Ashford University.
"Russi is highly qualified, comes with terrific references, and is already very well prepared for the position she's taking on, given that she has similar responsibilities in her job at Palo Verde," DeFranco said in the press release. "She works at a college that's very much like LTCC, and she understands both the positives and the challenges that come with running a small college. She has a strong reputation at Palo Verde as a fixer who came in during an economically difficult time and turned things around. We're really excited someone with her talents and skills is coming to LTCC."
Egan said she is equally excited to be coming to Tahoe.
"I strongly believe in what LTCC is doing and the direction the college is taking," Egan said in the press release. "This was the right time, and the right place. A small college can make a big difference in a small town, and I like that about LTCC. If we can educate more local people, then the whole town benefits from that and feels the effect. The University Center coming to LTCC will be a big part of that, and with the potential of student housing also coming to campus, there are just so many possibilities for LTCC to grow."
In addition to her years of experience at Palo Verde, Egan also has significant state-level experience. She has been a member of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) since 2006, and has been a member of its Management Development Committee and co-chair of ACCCA's Admin 101 class for new college administrators since 2012. She's also belonged to the Association of Chief Business Officials since 2006, and has served on its Facilities Task Force for more than a year. She's also been a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Institute of Management Accountants since 2014.
Egan is also an active volunteer, serving as a board member of the Desert Preparatory Academy, as the auditor for the Miss Blythe Organization, and as secretary of the Blythe Rotary Club since 2015.