Dean chosen for interim V.P. position

Newton Chelette has been chosen by Antelope Valley Community College District trustees to serve as interim assistant superintendent/vice president of student services effective July 10.

Trustees announced the selection following a closed session at a July 9 board meeting.

Chelette takes over the position formerly held by Dr. Rosa Hall, who retired in 2011. Trustees had delayed filling the position due to budgetary constraints, appointing Vice President of Academic Affairs Sharon Lowry to oversee student services, which includes admissions, counseling, financial aid, student development and a host of other student support functions.

However, after several months with Lowry pulling double-duty, trustees decided they needed a vice president devoted to the area. An in-house search was announced in June for an interim vice president.

Chelette has been working as dean of the Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance/Visual and Performing Arts divisions at the college since the 2008-09 academic year.

Chelette first came to AVC in fall 1989 as a full-time instructor and head men’s basketball coach, establishing an impressive record of achievement. Chelette-coached teams won numerous conference championships and included a 2004 team that made it to the state championship final four. He holds the school record of having the most wins of any basketball coach. He’s been named conference Coach of the Year seven times.

He was chosen as the college’s athletic director in 2004. He was named dean of the Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance Division in the 2005-06 academic year. In 2008-09, the Visual and Performing Arts Division was placed under his direction, as well.

Chelette is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McNeese State University.

Trustees will meet again in special session on July 26 to approve a contract for Chelette.