Michael A. Rooke, Ph.D., of Windsor, and David C. England, Ed.D., of Canton, have been appointed deans at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.
“Their leadership will be of great value as Tunxis continues to fulfill its ongoing commitment not only to student success, but also to the economic development of the Farmington Valley area and beyond,” said Tunxis President Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D.
Rooke was appointed dean of academic affairs, and serves as chief academic officer for the College. He oversees academic policy initiatives, program and curriculum development, library services, counseling and academic advising, media and instructional technology, and faculty and student matters. He also serves as an elected member of the Standing Advisory Committee to the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.
Rooke was previously academic division director for Manchester Community College’s Center for Business & Technologies before joining Tunxis in 2009 as acting dean of academic affairs. He has 14 years of higher education experience, including seven years teaching chemistry as a full-time faculty member and administration positions in information technology. Rooke has acquired grant funding for dozens of projects and programs throughout his career, and is the author of several articles published in science journals. He holds a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.
England, who was named dean of institutional effectiveness and outreach, is responsible for strategic planning, external relations, institutional effectiveness (accountability), institutional research, marketing and public relations, continuing education, business and industry services, and serves as liaison officer to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
He joined Tunxis in 2005 as director of institutional research and most recently accepted a position as acting dean of institutional effectiveness and outreach. England has over 30 years experience in various roles at community colleges across the country, the past 15 of which have been in senior administrator positions. He holds an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University.
Rooke and England replace deans who retired in 2009.
From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers almost 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.