Two finalists selected for RCC president

- Posted on May 01, 2019 - 01:38 PM

Two finalists have been certified by the State Board for Community Colleges for the position of president at Rappahannock Community College. Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy of Shelby, North Carolina, and Dr. Mellissia M. Zanjani of Burlington Township, New Jersey, were chosen among 70 applicants from across the nation.

Kennedy has nearly 25 years of higher education experience and is a former television journalist, acc-

ording to an RCC release. She began her career at Gardner-Webb University, in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, in 1996 as a public relations assistant. She later worked at the college as an adjunct English professor and director of Foundation and Corporate Relations.

In 2000, she moved to Cleveland Community College, in Shelby, North Carolina to become the director of public relations and grants development. There, Kennedy has been promoted several times to positions including associate dean, dean, executive vice president of Instruction and Student Development, and to executive vice president—the position in which she currently works. 

Further, she has been an on-site reaffirmation committee member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) for eight institutions over the past seven years. Kennedy earned a bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in Pennsylvania; a master’s degree from Appalachian State University; and a doctorate from North Carolina State University.

Zanjani has nearly 30 years of higher education, nonprofit, and fundraising experience. She is also a 2010 Fellow of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership.