The search for the new Campus Vice President for the North Las Vegas Campus at the College of Southern Nevada is underway. Please look for more information to be posted here as it becomes available.
Francois Jacobs earned his Ph.D. at Colorado State University in Human Resource Studies with a Master’s of International Business Administration from the University of Denver. He has been Dean of Instruction at Front Range Community College since 2017, a college of 17,000 students in suburban Denver. He has extensive experience in workforce education and was Department Chair of Construction Management at California Baptist University for six years. He also has considerable experience in management positions in private industry. He was also in the South African military for three years.
Clarissa Cota earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and the Juris Doctorate at the University of Arizona. She first joined the College of Southern Nevada in 1996 as a part time faculty member and has held increasingly responsible administrative positions since that time. She became Director of the Paralegal Studies program in 1997 and has served as Department Chair of Business Administration, Interim Dean of the School of Business, Hospitality, and Public Service as well as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2018-19. Her cover letter for her application materials includes an interesting matrix which identifies the qualifications for the position and describes how her background and experience meet each of the qualifications.
Sonya Pearson holds the J.D. from Taft Law and the Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and her Master's degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University. She joined Mesa Community College, part of the Maricopa Community College District in 2009 as the Vice President for Student Affairs and as Dean for two years before that. Prior to Mesa, she was Chief Student Affairs Officer, Dean, and Vice President at Crowder College in Missouri for six years. She held various student services positions at Rogers State University in Oklahoma from 1996-2001. She indicated she was the first African American female in those positions in a number of the colleges she has served.
College of Southern Nevada Profile
The College of Southern Nevada is a comprehensive, multi-campus community college and the largest and most ethnically diverse institution of higher education in the state of Nevada. The college is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. CSN is one of four community colleges within the Nevada System of Higher Education, which also includes two universities, a state college and a research institute.
Founded in 1971, CSN is the largest college in the state, operating in over 50 locations including three main campuses and eight learning centers in Clark County, covering over 8,000 square miles. CSN educates more than 50,000 unique students annually in credit, non-credit and workforce development programs. Three of every four students attend part time, 57 percent are female, and nearly two-thirds are students of color. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, CSN offers educational opportunities in more than 70 academic programs featuring more than 180 degrees and certificates (25 degrees and certificates available entirely online), including seven bachelor’s degrees.