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ATC promotes Armstrong, De Jesus as vice presidents

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Shirley Armstrong

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Lisandra De Jesus

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Technical College on Monday announced the promotions of Shirley Armstrong and Lisandra De Jesus to new staff positions at the school effective June 1.

Armstrong will assume the position of executive vice president at ATC. She is currently the vice president of Academic Affairs and will be taking on the new position in addition to her regular duties. De Jesus will assume the position of vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

De Jesus came to Albany Tech in 2008 from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., where she served as district student services coordinator. Since she has been the dean of admissions at ATC, De Jesus has provided the leadership behind her team of 14 working together to meet the college's enrollment goals and student affairs objectives.

In her new role, De Jesus says she plans to continue serving the division of student affairs at Albany Tech by supporting already established services that lead to student success.

"I am looking forward to working with our students, communities and the citizens of Southwest Georgia to continue providing a well-trained 21st-century work force that helps families and makes a positive impact on our economy," De Jesus said. "I believe in our mission and what we do to help students every day."

During her tenure at Albany Tech, De Jesus has coordinated train-the-trainer and customer service training for faculty and staff, and has been instrumental in reactivating English as a Second Language classes offered by the Adult Education Division.

In 2010, De Jesus was named to Georgia Trend magazine's "40 Under 40."

De Jesus received concurrent bachelor's degrees in both Business Administration and Spanish Literature from the State University of New York College at New Paltz and completed her graduate degree in Education at Norfolk State University.

She is on schedule to graduate in the summer of 2013 with her doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida.

Armstrong has previously served as dean of Academic Affairs for the Technology, Business and Public Services division at Albany Tech.

Prior to that position, she was the program director of the Radiologic Technology program at Albany Tech. She served from 1983 to 1991 as the clinical coordinator for the Radiography program.

Before joining Albany Tech, Armstrong worked as a supervisor in the Computed Tomography Imaging division at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, as well as a serving as a staff technologist in the radiology department.

A member of the American Technical Education Association, the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Dougherty County Development Authority, Armstrong received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Trade and Industrial Education from Valdosta State University, and will complete requirements for her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University in the fall.