Middlesex Community College announces Dr. Steven Minkler has been selected as its new Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Minkler will supervise academic programs as well as full-time and adjunct faculty, oversee the development and review of credit courses, and manage related budgets at MxCC. He joined the college on January 3, 2012.
Dr. Minkler comes to MxCC from Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted where he served as Academic Division Director of Business, Science, Health and Technology. While there, he developed courses, managed faculty, administered grants, and built strong relationships with local employers and local high schools. He also served on numerous college and state-wide committees including the Academic Planning Review Committee and the Teaching and Learning Work Team.
For 14 years prior, Dr. Minkler was the Director of Academic Media Technology at Capital Community College in Hartford. In addition to creating the associate’s degree program in Communication Media, he managed the college’s multimillion-dollar production facility, which was used for teaching as well as for commercial productions, generating income for the school that funded additional student equipment. While in this role, he produced original magazine-format programming for Connecticut Public Television’s CPTV-2 cable station that featured CCC’s academic programs, students, faculty, alumni, and on-campus events.
He also played a key role in the distance learning programs at CCC, as well as the use of instructional technology in the classroom. He was a technical consultant during design and construction of the new downtown Hartford campus, and oversaw the installation of $2 million in presentation media equipment in labs, classrooms, and public areas.
“I have spent a great deal of my career in the community college environment and am well aware of the incredible academic reputation MxCC as earned,” he said. “This school offers many exclusive and cutting edge programs, and is truly setting the standard in online and distance learning. This is an exciting time to be at MxCC.”
Dr. Minkler also has classroom experience. He has taught courses in communications, media, broadcast production, culture and leadership.
“Dr. Minkler comes to MxCC with wonderful experiences, creativity, and dedication to the community college mission,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, MxCC president. “We welcome him on board and look forward to the positive impact he will have in this crucial administrative role at our college.”
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (www.mxcc.commnet.edu) is an independent member of the Connecticut Community College System. The school offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs on its main 38-acre campus in Middletown, and at the Meriden Center in downtown Meriden.