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Updated: December 18, 2013 6:01AM



Prairie State College in Chicago Heights has several new administrators this school year.

Grace McGinnis was named director of financial aid. McGinnis came to PSC from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she was director of financial aid since 2011. Before becoming director, she was a financial aid counselor and then assistant director of financial aid at the university, where she started her career in 1997. McGinnis has a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s in community counseling from Roosevelt University, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Kristina Howard was named associate dean of library and instructional services. Howard has been an instructional services and institutional repository coordinator, an associate professor, department chair and faculty coordinator at PSC since 2008. Before that, Howard was assistant information services librarian in the Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She also served as a research assistant/librarian for the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, manager of access services for Trinity University, and circulation assistant for Rockhurst University. She has a master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s in art history from the University of Oklahoma.

Deborah Smith Havighorst was named executive director of the foundation. Havighorst has been the executive assistant to the board of trustees and assistant to the president at PSC since 2008. Before that, she was donor relations and fundraising coordinator for the South Suburban Family Shelter in Homewood. She also has served as marketing manager for Ogden Entertainment Services, a sales representative for the Chicago Bulls, and a marketing assistant for the Miami Heat pro basketball team. Havighorst has a master’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, and a bachelor’s in mass communications-creative advertising from Bradley University in Peoria.

Havighorst is filling the role recently vacated by Cathy Killian Kloss, who was named director of development and special projects. Before being named executive director of the PSC Foundation in 2001, Kloss held various positions of increasing responsibility within the foundation since 1997. Before then, she was assistant to the coordinator of student life. Prior to joining PSC, Kloss was information writer and editor for Homewood School District 153, a host for cable programming produced by Cablevision of Chicago, and provided administrative support for a major railroad. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Marie Hansel was named interim vice president, academic affairs. Hansel has been dean of health and industrial technology and director of nursing at PSC since 2010. She also is an associate professor of nursing and chair/coordinator of health professions. Before coming to PSC, she was a clinical educator and research nurse with St. James Hospital and Health Centers in Chicago Heights, and preceptor for graduate nursing students at Governors State University, Purdue University Calumet Campus, North Park College, and Harrisburg School of Enterstomal Therapy. She also was a staff nurse surgical floor team leader, staff nurse for adult oncology/hematology, and an oncology clinical nurse specialist/navigator at St. James Hospital and Health Centers. She has a doctorate in nursing practice from Governors State University, a master’s in nursing from Purdue University-Calumet in Hammond, a bachelor’s in nursing from Governors State University in University Park, and an associate’s degree in Nursing from Prairie State College.

John R. Dallas Jr. was named interim vice president of community and economic development. Dallas is founder and chief alignment officer of Hillview Partners Network LLC, a team of independent consultants, executive coaches and public speakers. He also is the former president of five technology-based national service companies in New York, suburban Washington, D.C., and Chicago. He is former president of Chicago Title Credit Services, Inc. Before being recruited to Chicago, in Northern Virginia he was lead co-founder and served as president of CreditComm Services. He studied at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University and New York’s Columbia University.

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