New VPs Join Southwestern College Leadership Team

Dr. Kelly Hall (left) and Dr. Tina King (right)
Dr. Kelly Hall (L) and Dr. Tina King (R) join the Southwestern College executive leadership team.

With the unanimous approval of the Southwestern College Governing Board Tuesday, Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo filled two key positions on her executive leadership team.

Dr. Kelly Hall will serve as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs and Dr. Tina King will serve as the Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Affairs. Both will begin Monday, Aug. 19.

In hiring Hall and King, Murillo said she is progressing the college’s work in equity, diversity and inclusion.

“Both Dr. Hall and Dr. King have extensive experience in their fields, and they share our vision of giving our students all the tools to achieve their academic and career goals,” Murillo said. “Ensuring all students have an equal opportunity to earn a degree or certificate is the greatest way to improve the lives of our students’ families and this community.”

Hall comes to Southwestern College after 17 years at College of the Desert where she began as an adjunct professor. During her tenure at the Riverside County community college, Hall also was a tenured faculty member in business and accounting, the first faculty chair to lead the college’s business academic programs, Academic Senate President and most recently the dean of the school of social sciences, arts and media.

Before moving into higher education, Hall was the chief financial officer at Western Railroad Supply, Inc., in San Bernardino.

“I’m really excited to get started,” Hall said. “This is such a great leadership team. I can tell this is a group of people who really care about helping students change their lives. This is the kind of work I want to do.”

King joins Southwestern College’s Student Affairs division from North Orange Continuing Education, where she is serving as the interim dean of instruction and student services.

King has worked in all sectors of public education, beginning as a teacher in the Compton Unified School District. After eight years in the K-12 system, King served as a professional expert of academic support programs and services at Fullerton Community College. King also has served as the Student Affairs Officer at California State University, Fullerton.

In her work at North Orange Continuing Education, which is an adult education center in the multi-college North Orange County Community College District, King has served as the director of institutional technology and planning. Her specialized skills and training have made her a transformational, inclusive leader, Murillo said.

“I am extremely excited to join a new leadership team that is committed to working with an equity-focused lens,” King said. “I am especially excited to work with student services’ transition in using technology to streamline processes for a student-centered onboarding process.”