Leadership Team

This group of leaders bring their expertise in a variety of subjects to create and carry out a strategic plan for the college.

College Officers

Chancellor Jeff Pittman

Jeff L. Pittman, Ph.D.

Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., began his role as chancellor of STLCC in July 2015. Dr. 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 a wide variety of academic leadership roles for the past 27 years in four geographic regions and the system office.

Most recently, Dr. 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. Dr. 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 Dr. 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.

Dr. Pittman holds a doctorate in educational leadership, administration and foundations from Indiana State University, master’s degree in human resource development from Indiana State University, and bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University.

Vice Chancellor Anthony Cruz

Anthony Cruz, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Anthony Cruz, Ed.D., served as vice president of enrollment management and student affairs at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. 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, Dr. Cruz grew up in Miami and has a doctorate in education from Florida International University, a master's in public administration from Florida State University and a bachelor of arts in political science from Florida International University.

Vice Chancellor Andrew Langrehr

Andrew Langrehr, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Andrew Langrehr, Ph.D., 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. Dr. Langrehr previously served as the vice president of academic affairs at the Meramec campus. He joined the College as a full-time chemistry instructor in 2001. He served as 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. Dr. Langrehr was a full-time chemistry instructor at Jefferson College before coming to STLCC. He began his community college career as an adjunct chemistry instructor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Langrehr holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and studied chemistry at both Central College and the University of Iowa earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree, respectively. 

Vice Chancellor Paul Zinck

Paul Zinck, M.B.A.
Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration

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 STLCC's budget, accounting and finance. He directs financial aspects of the self-funded health insurance and coordinates activities and administration of insurance programs. He also oversees the engineering and design department, district facilities and auxiliary business enterprises and performs duties as treasurer for the STLCC Board of Trustees.

Leadership Team Members

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson, Jr., D.A.
Provost of Forest Park campus

Larry D. Johnson, Jr., D.A., was named provost of STLCC’s Forest Park campus in July 2016. He serves as the chief executive of the campus, providing academic and administrative leadership. Dr. 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 student concerns officer, associate professor and division chair of arts and sciences and developmental education. Dr. Johnson holds a doctor of arts degree in humanities from Clark Atlanta University, a master's degree in humanities from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida A&M University.

Carol Lupardus

Carol Lupardus, Ph.D.
Provost of Meramec campus

Carol Lupardus, Ph.D., was named provost of STLCC’s Meramec campus in July 2016. Prior to this role, she was vice president for academic affairs at the College’s Florissant Valley campus. She came to STLCC as an assistant professor of teacher education in 2001. She serves as the co-chair for the STLCC Continuous Quality Improvement team. The Missouri State Board of Education appointed Dr. 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, Dr. 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.

Elizabeth Gassel-Perkins

Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, Ed.D.
Provost of Florissant Valley campus

Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, Ed.D., joined STLCC as provost of the Florissant Valley Campus in August 2016. Prior to joining STLCC, Dr. Perkins served in a variety of academic roles at Darton State College (now Albany State University). She most recently served as interim vice president of academic affairs at Darton after serving as dean of the school of humanities and social sciences. Throughout her tenure at Darton, she also served as interim dean of math and science, dean of learning support, and dual enrollment program coordinator. She served as the statewide chair of the USG Learning Support Advisory Committee and served on several state and college committees, including consolidation taskforces for the new Albany State University. She began her career at Darton in 2006 as an English instructor and was promoted to tenured associate professor. Dr. Perkins earned her doctorate in leadership with an emphasis in higher education from Valdosta State University and a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in English and a master's degree in English from the University of Montevallo.

Michael Dreith

Michael Dreith, Ed.D.
Associate Provost of Wildwood campus

Michael Dreith, Ed.D., began his duties at STLCC in July 2016. He was born and raised near St. Louis in Illinois, where he established a 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, Dr. Dreith was named president of Frontier Community College, 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. He was named president of John A. Logan College in May 2012. He was twice elected as the president of the Lewis and Clark Faculty Association. Dr. 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. Dr. Dreith earned his doctorate in higher education from Nova Southeastern University. He has a master's degree in media communications from Webster University and a bachelor's degree in workforce education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

JoAnn Digman

Jo-Ann Digman, M.S.W.
Executive Director, STLCC Foundation

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 the city to live and work. She also served as vice president of external relations for the Merisant Company, director of external relations for Monsanto and assistant to the chancellor at Saint Louis University. Digman also served from as district director for Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, and as a caseworker from for Sen. John Danforth. She holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in social work from Saint Louis University.

Hart Nelson, M.B.A. 
Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions

Hart Nelson was appointed associate vice chancellor, Workforce Solutions Group in May 2018. Nelson has 23 years of career experience in public policy, government relations, intelligence and information technology. He will serve as the lead for economic and workforce development, be responsible for managing corporate and community workforce development, continuing professional development and personal enrichment education, as well as manage entrepreneurial initiatives that reflect the needs of local, regional and national employers. Most recently, Nelson was vice president of public policy for the St. Louis Regional Chamber. He has been a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, an intelligence officer with the United States Navy Reserve and an information technology architect with IBM. As a volunteer, he is board treasurer of Citizens for Modern Transit and vice chair of the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission. He has a master’s degrees in business administration and information management from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and mass communication from University of California-Berkeley.

Mary Nelson

Mary Nelson, J.D.
General Counsel

Mary Nelson, JD, was named 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 is 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 University of Missouri’s 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 juris doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law and bachelor’s degree in political philosophy from Princeton University.

Kedra Tolson

Kedra Tolson 
Executive Director, Marketing and Communication

Kedra Tolson was named interim executive director of marketing and communications in February 2016. She previously served as marketing and communications coordinator at STLCC’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. Tolson earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Keith Hacke

Keith R. Hacke, M.S.
Chief Information Officer

Keith R. Hacke was associate vice president architecture and enterprise monitoring for 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. 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 the university’s interim vice president and chief information officer where he led an IT division of over 130 people and managed an $18 million budget. As instructor at Saint Louis University’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 master’s in computer science from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Deborah Barron

Deborah Barron, M.A.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Deborah Barron has more than 30 years of experience in human resources. She oversees all district-wide human resources functions, including employee recruitment and retention, benefits and compensation, retirement, labor and employee relations and organizational development. Prior to joining STLCC, Barron served as vice president of human resources for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Before this, she held various managerial roles in human resources at BJC Healthcare. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Fontbonne University. Barron has a master's degree in counseling services from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human resources from Missouri State University.

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