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College Officers

Dr. Pittman

Jeff Pittman

Cosand Center

Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., began his role as chancellor of STLCC in July 2015. Pittman previously served as the statewide vice president of corporate college services and online education at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, and has served in wide variety of academic leadership roles for the college for the past 27 years in four geographic regions and the system office. Most recently, Pittman was instrumental in the reorganization and development of a lean organization for the delivery of Corporate College customized workforce training and services to business, industry, and individuals throughout the state of Indiana. Pittman also served as chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Wabash Valley Region for 11 years, and simultaneously worked as the statewide vice provost of distance education for three of the years. Under Pittman’s leadership, the college’s enrollment in online education doubled from more than 32,000 students per year in 2008 to 69,000 students in 2010. Pittman’s doctorate in educational leadership, administration, and foundations is from Indiana State University. His Master’s degree in human resource development is from Indiana State University, and his bachelor’s degree in business is from Indiana University.

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Anthony Cruz

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Most recently, Anthony Cruz served as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. Prior to joining Sinclair Community College, Dr. Cruz held leadership roles at several community colleges and universities, including Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Broward College, Kaplan University, and Florida International University. A native of Chicago, Cruz grew up in Miami and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida International University, a Master's in Public Administration from Florida State University and a Doctorate in Education from Florida International University.

Andrew Langrehr

Andrew langrehr

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Andrew Langrehr was appointed as vice chancellor of academic affairs in July 2015. He provides district-wide oversight of the college’s curriculum-related policies, articulation of courses and programs, assessment of student learning outcomes, institutional research, and instructional resources. Langrehr previously served as the vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. He was hired at St. Louis Community College as a full-time chemistry instructor in 2001. He served as both the department chair for physical and engineering sciences and the academic dean for the science and technology division prior to his appointment as vice president. Langrehr was a full-time chemistry instructor at Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO) before coming to St. Louis Community College. He began his community college career as an adjunct chemistry instructor at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA). Langrehr studied chemistry at both Central College (Pella, IA) and the University of Iowa earning a B.A. and M.S., respectively. He also holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Paul Zinck

Paul Zinck

Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration
Cosand Center

The College named Paul Zinck Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration in February of 2016. Previous to this appointment Zinck was Acting Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and was also Controller for the College. Zinck is Chief Financial Officer for the District and is responsible for all activity related to the College's $150 million budget, accounting, and finance. He directs financial aspects of the self-funded health insurance and coordinate activities and administration of insurance programs for the College. He also oversees the engineering and design department, district facilities, and auxiliary business enterprises; and perform duties as treasurer for the STLCC board of trustees. Zinck's other higher education experience includes adjunct instructor position at Lindenwood University and McKendree University and administrative and finance positions with Washington University and McKendree University. Previous to entering higher education, Zinck served at many different assignments over a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, during which he received numerous millitary awards and decorations. Zinck holds both a Master of Business Admnistration degree and a bachelor's degree in accounting, both from McKendree University.


Leadership Team Members

Larry Johnson

Provost, Forest Park

Larry D. Johnson, Jr., D.A., was named provost of St. Louis Community College-Forest Park in July 2016. He serves as the chief executive of the campus, providing academic and administrative leadership. Johnson brings more than a decade of experience as a faculty member and academic leader in community and technical college education. Prior to joining STLCC, he served as the associate dean of academic affairs at Broward College-South Campus. He began his career as an English and Reading Instructor at Tallahassee Community College. He has also served as an Instructor, Student Concerns Officer, Associate Professor and Division Chair of Arts & Sciences and Developmental Education. Johnson holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities from Clark Atlanta University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Florida A&M University and a Master of Arts degree in Humanities (Medieval to Baroque Studies) from Florida State University. He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Institutional Research in Higher Education.

Provost Perkins

Elizabeth Gassel Perkins

Provost, Florissant Valley

Elizabeth Gassel Perkins joined STLCC as Provost of the Florissant Valley Campus in August, 2016. Prior to joining STLCC, Perkins served in a variety of academic roles at Darton College. Perkins most recently served as interim vice president of academic affairs at Darton. She began her career at Darton in 2006 as an English instructor. Perkins earned her doctorate in leadership with an emphasis in higher education from Valdosta State University. She earned her bachelor's degree summa cum laude in English and a master's degree in English from the University of Montevallo.


Carol Lupardus

Provost, Meramec

Dr. Carol Lupardus was named Provost of STLCC-Meramec in July, 2016. Prior to this role, she was Vice-President for Academic Affairs at STLCC's Florissant Valley campus. She came to St. Louis Community College as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in 2001. Lupardus is currently serving STLCC as a member of the college team participating in the Higher Learning Commission's Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning. She also serves as the co-chair for the STLCC Continuous Quality Improvement team. The Missouri State Board of Education appointed Lupardus to the Missouri Advisory Council for the Certification of Educators representing the Missouri School Boards' Association where she served for five years. She was reappointed for a four-year term representing the Missouri Community College Association in 2013. In 2007, she was elected as President of the Community College Division of the Missouri Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. In 2005, Lupardus earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. She holds a master's degree in education from Saint Louis University and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Michael Dreith

Associate Provost

Michael Dreith began his duties July, 2016. He was born and raised near St. Louis in Illinois, and established his career in print and broadcast journalism. In 1986, he joined the faculty at Lewis and Clark Community College, teaching radio, public speaking and humanities. In 2001, Dreith was named president of Frontier Community College (Fairfield, Ill.), thereby becoming the first Illinois community college graduate to become president of an Illinois community college. In 2007, he served as president of Western Texas College (Snyder, Texas). He was named president of John A. Logan College in May 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in workforce education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a master’s degree in media communications from Webster University, and a doctorate in higher education from Nova Southeastern University. He was twice elected as the president of the Lewis and Clark Faculty Association. Dreith is an avid photographer, loves Cardinal baseball and college basketball. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been the president of three different Rotary Clubs.


Executive Director, STLCC Foundation
Cosand Center

Jo-Ann Digman was appointed executive director of the STLCC Foundation in March 2011. She previously served as the executive director of InSight St. Louis, a non-profit dedicated to recruiting students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to St. Louis to live and work. She also served as vice president of external relations for the Merisant Company. She was director of external relations for Monsanto, and was assistant to the chancellor at Saint Louis University. Digman also served from 1986-92 as district director for U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, and as a caseworker from 1979-82 for U.S. John Danforth. She holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in social work from Saint Louis University.

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions
Corporate College

Steve Long is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions for St. Louis Community College. Long leads a successful corporate training, community service and continuing education division, providing contract training, continuing education and grant-based workforce and employment services to the St. Louis community. He previously served as the Director of Workforce and Community Development, the Director of Career and Technical Education, and the Associate Director for the Center for Business, Industry and Labor of St. Louis Community College. Long brings 40 years of experience in career education, job training and workforce development to his profession. He has been a board member and officer of professional career and technical education and workforce development organizations, including President of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE).


Mary Nelson

General Counsel
Cosand Center

Mary Nelson was named St. Louis Community College general counsel and chief legal officer in September 2014. Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including stints in two mayoral administrations in St. Louis, positions in state government, and partnerships in several firms. Nelson’s law practice concentrated in real estate, construction, and business law. In June 2015 she was appointed to serve on the Missouri State Highways and Transportation Commission. She was the first African-American woman appointed to Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission, leaving that post to accept her current position with STLCC.  Nelson served as president of the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners, on the 2001 Missouri House of Representatives Reapportionment and Redistricting Commission, and served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the MU Law School Foundation. An active member of the Missouri Bar, Nelson has held leadership posts for the Bar Foundation Board of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Mound City Bar Association. Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in political philosophy from Princeton University. Her juris doctorate is from the University Of Missouri School of Law.

Kedra Tolson

Kedra Tolson

Executive Director, Marketing and Communications

Kedra Tolson was named interim executive director of marketing and communications in February 2016. She previously served as marketing and communications coordinator at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus. Prior to joining STLCC, Tolson served as communications manager for Jazz St. Louis, a non-profit organization that promotes, presents and preserves jazz in St. Louis through performances, education and outreach activities. She also served as media relations manager for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and communications and marketing director for Focus St. Louis. Tolson returned to STLCC in 2010 after having served as assistant coordinator for community relations from 1997 to 2001. She has served on the Florissant Valley and districtwide Institutional Affairs Council and is currently co-chair of the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study Criterion 1 (Mission) Committee. Tolson earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Keith Hacke


Chief Information Officer

Keith R. Hacke was Associate Vice President Architecture and Enterprise Monitoring at Scottrade.com. His priorities have focused on developing and driving enterprise information technology strategy, innovation and Digital Transformation. Prior to his move to Scottrade, Hacke was Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Saint Louis University (SLU). He collaboratively led the university’s information technical vision via development of the 2020 Strategic Technology Plan, technology architecture development, budgeting and execution of the technology strategy. Hacke served two years as SLU’s Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer where he led the IT division of 130+ people and managed an $18 million budget. As instructor at SLU’s School for Professional Studies, Hacke teaches data analysis and visualization courses in the M.S. Applied Analytics program. Hacke has also served in leadership roles at A. G. Edwards and Sons, Washington University and McDonnell Aircraft Company where he provided innovative technology solutions and services using extensive experiences with complex university and corporate information technology organizations towards achieving outstanding mission driven results. Hacke holds a M.S in Computer Science from Missouri University of Science and Technology.