The Merced Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Michael McCandless as the College’s vice president of Student Services during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Dr. McCandless was previously the College’s interim vice president of Student Services.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. McCandless to the senior leadership team for Merced College and am confident in his abilities to lead the Student Services Division,” Superintendent/President Chris Vitelli said.  “He is an outstanding leader, administrator, and visionary with broad experience in higher education.” 

Dr. McCandless began his career at Merced College in 2005, teaching English at the Los Banos Campus. He later assumed duties as a faculty lead from 2007-2013. 

In 2015, Dr. McCandless was appointed dean of Student Equity and Success for the newly formed Office of Student Equity, helping to implement campus initiatives to eliminate obstacles to student success for disproportionately impacted student groups.  In 2013-2014, he served as the interim dean of English, Child Development, and Basic Skills. 

He earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and his master of arts degree in English Literature from CSU Stanislaus, where he also earned his doctor of education degree in Educational Leadership.

As vice president of Student Services, Dr. McCandless will oversee operations that include Financial Aid, Admissions & Records, Guidance and Counseling, Office of Relations with Schools, and Student Health, and Disabled Student Services.