Candidates for Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

The Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has narrowed the field to three finalists. These candidates will be visiting our campus to meet with various constituencies and participate in open forums on November 8, 10 and 14. The finalists are Jason Cifra, Hettie Scofield and Dawn Zoni.

Meet the Candidates:

Jason Cifra

Jason Cifra

Jason Cifra is a graduate of Maui Community College and University of Hawaii Hilo. He holds an  M.A. in Professional Counseling. Jason is currently the Director of Student Services and Special Projects at the College of Southern Nevada, while previously serving as Director of Counseling.

He has eight years of experience in Student and Academic Affairs in areas of advising/counseling, articulation, curriculum, catalog, scholarships, retention and graduation initiatives, student activities, policies, and technology.  His interests include mentoring, professional development, and innovative use of technology in higher education.

Dawn Zoni

Dawn Zoni

Dr. Dawn M. Zoni has worked in higher education for over nineteen years. She has extensive experience in both student and academic affairs, primarily working at community colleges in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the Four Corners area of New Mexico.

Her doctorate is in College Student Personnel Administration with an emphasis in student development theory. Dawn has worked with diverse populations and has developed several support programs designed for multicultural, first year and first generation students. She enjoys working with students and helping them to achieve their educational goals. Dawn also has a strong background in program development and has a proven track record in designing programs that support student recruitment and retention. Many of these programs involve components of faculty development and training that lead to student success. Often her role in these programs is to invite and collaborate with faculty and community members to create a sense of community on campus.

Dr. Zoni lived in France for almost three years and speaks fluent French. She has taught French, English as a Second Language (ESL), leadership development, and various career development courses. She holds a M.A. in French Language from NYU in France, and a double B.A. in Economics and French from Albertus Magnus College, a small liberal arts institution in New Haven, CT.

Hettie Scofield                                                                                                                               Hettie Scofield

Hettie Scofield is currently Hawaii Community College’s Financial Aid Officer. She administers financial aid grants and scholarships, student employment, and loans, as well as providing financial aid planning and counseling services to current and prospective students.  Hettie has previously held positions in financial aid, academic affairs, and student affairs at a number of other public and private colleges and universities.  She has served as Director of Student Activities, Resident Director and Academic Affairs Tutor for students with learning disabilities at Schreiner University; as Associate Director of Financial Aid at St. Mary’s University; as Financial Aid Specialist at Austin Community College; as Adjunct Faculty in the Economics Department and Instructor for the Center for Economic Education at Longwood University; and as Grant Writer for the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.

Hettie holds a B.A. degree in economics and Spanish from DePauw University and an M.A. in education with an emphasis in higher education administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  She is a member of the Pacific Financial Aid Association and serves on the College Council, as well as the Recruitment and Retention and Achieving the Dream committees.  Hettie is also active in the community in supporting a variety of educational, athletic, and volunteer service organizations.


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