Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announces the appointment of Dr. Gail O’Kane as associate vice president of strategy, planning and accountability, a position in which she has been serving on an interim basis since March 2011. Her appointment is effective immediately.
During the past year, O’Kane led the development of the College’s strategic action plan that will guide the organization through 2013. She also undertook several key research projects that provided important data to guide the College’s future. In addition, she coordinated the College’s quality improvement and accreditation activities through the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).
As associate vice president of strategy, planning and accountability, O’Kane will oversee aggressive goals to double the college’s graduation rate by 2015 and improve the graduation rates of students of color, particularly African-American males. She will continue to use data reports to improve outcomes at the College; support a number of technology-intensive projects, including a data warehouse, early warning system and graduation planner for students; and lead ongoing process-improvement and continuous-improvement efforts at the College.
“I am very pleased that Gail has accepted an offer to stay at MCTC to lead us through the completion of our strategic goals,” said MCTC President Phil Davis. “Her experience at MCTC and her prior experience as a statewide leader in the MnSCU system gives her a broad perspective from which to continue to provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for the College.”
Prior to joining MCTC, O’Kane served as system director for education-industry partnerships for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, where she worked since 2005. She holds a doctorate in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston College.
“I am grateful to have a chance to work with colleagues and at a college so committed to student success,” said O’Kane. “I am excited to be able to continue to support the college’s ongoing efforts to identify and enact strategies that will help students achieve their educational goals.”