College Names Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt President
Provost at Lansing Community College in Michigan takes over from the retiring Dr. James Linksz as Bucks’ fourth president.
Bucks County Community College’s Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt as the next president of Bucks County Community College. The announcement took place at a special public meeting at the college’s Newtown campus Wednesday, July 25.
“We are delighted that Stephanie Shanblatt is joining Bucks County Community College,” said board chairman Blake Eisenhart, who led the task force charged with recommending candidates to the Board of Trustees. “The board entered this process wanting to select a president for our great college who would continue to move the institution forward with a strong vision and a commitment to our students, faculty, alumni and staff, as well as deepen the relationship we have with the community.”
Shanblatt, who will become the fourth president in the college’s 47-year history, has spent the last 13 years at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Mich., where she’s was most recently the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. She began her new appointment October 1.
“Stephanie has an impressive record of accomplishments, both as an academician and an administrator, and she is absolutely the right person to continue the good work of Jim Linksz, who leaves a powerful legacy,” added Eisenhart. “Community colleges are facing a distinctive set of challenges, and under Stephanie’s leadership and example, we will meet our mission and continue to grow the college’s already strong reputation.”
Shanblatt led Lansing Community College’s “Achieving the Dream” initiative, focusing on institutional change that improved student success and graduation. She was also instrumental in bringing both a University Center and a Middle College to LCC. Her collaborative efforts to strengthen regional workforce development were recognized as exemplary.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to build on the strong foundation at Bucks County Community College,” said Shanblatt. “Together with the faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees, I am committed to serving our students, local employers, and the community. I am honored to have been selected as the next president of Bucks and look forward to becoming a part of this wonderful community.”
The selection comes following a comprehensive and successful search process conducted over the past six months and with the assistance of Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education. The search task force, which was appointed by the Board of Trustees, was assembled following the announcement by President James Linksz last fall of his intention to retire.
“The board is grateful to the many members of the Bucks community who participated in the search process – particularly the search task force and oversight panel – which is a sign of the strength of the college and the importance of the search,” said Eisenhart. “The pool of candidates was of the highest quality and the board couldn't be happier with the process and certainly the outcome. We enthusiastically welcome Stephanie to Bucks.”
Linksz, stepped aside September 30 after 20 years as president of Bucks, also offered his congratulations.
“I join the campus community, as well as the larger Bucks community, in welcoming Dr. Shanblatt to BCCC. Her academic credentials, experience, and commitment to the high ideals of the community college make her well suited to help write the next chapters in the Bucks story,” said Linksz “There are many challenges, and I am confident she will work with the other fine members of the Bucks team to ensure the success of our students and the prosperity of the college.”