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Dean J. Gould
Chief of Staff and Special Counsel - Board of Regents
Nevada System of Higher Education
E-mail: dean_gould@

Phone: (702) 889-8426 - Las Vegas
Phone: (775) 784-4958 - Reno

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Presidential Candidate Biographies

Dr. Barbara Buchanan

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Barbara Buchanan photo.Dr. Barbara Buchanan holds her Ph.D. from Texas A & M University in Texas. She has progressed in her leadership roles with increased responsibility from an Assistant Dean of Workforce at a single college to acting as Dean of Instruction within a large multi-college district in the Lone Star System. Then, she served as Vice President of Instruction in Northeast Texas before accepting her current position as Vice President of Academic Affairs at TMCC. Dr. Buchanan has completed the League of Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute along with numerous other professional development opportunities such as “The Academy” for distance learning. She has extensive teaching experience in both English and history and is a champion for academic excellence and student success.

Within her leadership roles, she has worked across a broad spectrum of postsecondary education areas including distance learning, contract training, adult education, dual credit, transfer and articulation, assessment, and accreditation. She understands the importance of responding to workforce needs alongside economic development entities, business leaders, and governing bodies to improve our quality of life for residents through increased training opportunities. She was an active member for seven years on two workforce development boards in Texas and served on the East Texas Regional Economic Development Board. During her career, she led efforts to build a regional training center and has developed numerous workforce programs in conjunction with partners, faculty, and other leaders.

With more than 20 years of community college experience, she has served in state and local leadership positions for multiple professional organizations. She held statewide board seats for the Texas Assoc. for Continuing Education and for the Texas Community College Technical Education Assoc. while also serving on many regional and local boards. She has led teams through multiple national college initiatives including Achieving the Dream, Foundations of Excellence, Complete College America, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement High Impact Institute with great success. Currently, she serves on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Alliance executive board of directors and is an active member of the American Council on Education Association of Chief Academic Officers.

Dr. Buchanan is a visionary and innovative leader. She values strategic planning and is confident in her abilities to share GBC’s vision with our community and our local and state leaders. She has been successful in securing financial resources to enable institutions to move forward. Dr. Buchanan values diversity and open communication and leads with integrity. While at TMCC, she has built strong partnerships within the college to enhance many of the wonderful initiatives already in place. She has also led new initiatives such as planning to build a learning commons within the library. She is active in the community and serves as one of the board of directors for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and is a member of the Reno Rotary. Dr. Buchanan values the work being done by GBC to serve the vast rural areas in our state and is eager to become an active and engaged member of the community. She has the knowledge, skills, and attributes to step into this role immediately and lead GBC with success. She understands GBC, the NSHE system, and the state of Nevada, and she recognizes the need to put student success at the forefront of all we do.

Joyce Helens

Curriculum Vitae

Joyce Helens photo.Joyce Helens has both broad and deep higher education leadership experience in multi-state two-year colleges and universities. Since 2006, Helens has enjoyed success in the MinnState System as President of St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where she has built a nationally recognized comprehensive community and technical college with increased enrollment, new and renovated programs and facilities, and a successful college re-accreditation.

SCTCC has grown from a single building technical college to a state of the art comprehensive campus in the last decade of Helens’ tenure beginning with the introduction of an ongoing collaborative strategic planning process through Appreciative Inquiry, called the All College Conversation which led to the re- branding and a new name, St Cloud Technical & Community College, one of the fastest growing and successful colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Helens’ driving passion is always to insure that the institutions she leads provide a “well lighted path” to life-long learning that continuously develops an engaged and informed citizenry to obtain meaningful employment. She sees the liberal arts and technical applied learning as integral to the development of an educated whole person. A dedicated servant leader who deeply believes in the teaching/learning process, Helens has also developed teams who have been instrumental in leading many other successful major initiatives at SCTCC during her tenure. She knows and values the “power of we” and believes in sparking and supporting leadership in others.

Helens was born in Philadelphia, Pa but headed west as soon as she graduated from high school. She obtained a baccalaureate degree from St Martin’s University in Washington State and her Master’s Degree from Portland State University where she also completed her doctoral coursework. Before coming to Minnesota, Helens was at the University of Alaska State Wide System holding leadership positions at the University of Alaska Anchorage Community & Technical College and then as Executive Director of the University of Alaska Corporate Programs where she created a Corporate University within an academic university system to respond to the education and training needs of Alaska business & industry. Joyce Helens also served in senior and executive community college leadership positions in Oregon, Texas and Washington. She has been a presenter in Women’s Leadership nationally and in addition to her duties as SCTCC President, Helens serves MinnState as a leadership mentor and has chaired MinnState Presidential searches.

In Spring 2016, Helens was asked by Chancellor Steven Rosenstone to become interim president of Rochester Community & Technical College for six months in addition to her position as president of SCTCC to work with a college in turmoil and assist in the search for a new president, which she successfully accomplished.

Helens and her husband, John Hart, have two grown daughters, Sophie and Rose Helens-Hart. Joyce and John chose to live and raise their children rurally where they have ranched on a small scale, raising cattle, sheep, angora goats and hogs. They have also provided homes to rescued equine and three dogs. Their passion is the history of the American West and they spend their leisure time in historical reenactments and competing nationally in Old West pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting sports.

Dr. George McNulty

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. George McNulty photo.Dr. George McNulty has gained experience in all aspects of college operations during his 16 years of service in the community college environment. He is currently the Vice President of Student Affairs at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. Over the past four years in this position, he has led a wide range of departments, has served a key role in the development and implementation of the college’s strategic plan and has enjoyed building community partnerships.

Dr. McNulty has earned an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science from Feather River College, a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from California State University, Chico, and has a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Nevada, Reno.

His academic background has provided him with a solid foundation which he values greatly; it has contributed to success in his career and in life. He and his wife of 15 years have two daughters. He is a veteran of the US Army, an outdoorsman at heart and treasures time with his family.

Dr. McNulty’s work with students has allowed him to clearly recognize the power of higher education to transform lives and contribute positively to society. He is committed to ethical leadership that supports this outcome.

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For media inquiries or additional information regarding the Regents' presidential search process, you may contact:

Dean J. Gould
Chief of Staff and Special Counsel - Board of Regents
Nevada System of Higher Education
Phone: (702) 889-8426 - Las Vegas
Phone: (775) 784-4958 - Reno

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