Meg Patchett, PhD
Acting President

Upon the retirement of Dr. Dianne Snyder in July, 2019, Dr. Patchett was promoted to Acting President. Dr. Patchett joined Cabarrus College in August 2008 as Provost, where she oversaw all academic programs as well as the Cabarrus College Library, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, and Office of Digital and Instructional Innovation.

A professor of psychology, Dr. Patchett began her educational career at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, earning a bachelor of arts in sociology and psychology. Her undergraduate research examined the influence of widowhood on elderly women's friendships. Dr. Patchett continued her studies in psychology at the University of Akron in Ohio, graduating with her master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and her doctorate in Industrial Gerontology. While there, she developed research interests in the areas of age discrimination in employment, career progression of middle-aged and older adults, technology and its impact on the training and development of aging adults, and the relationship between goal setting and achievement motivation.

Dr. Patchett came to Cabarrus College from nearby Rowan-Cabarrus Community College where she taught as both an adjunct and full-time psychology instructor. While at the College, she also held the positions of Social Sciences Program Head and Dean of Arts and Sciences. She was the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Employee Award, was a two-time winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award, and a state nominee for the NC Community College Excellence in Teaching Award.

In addition to her work at Cabarrus College, Dr. Patchett recently has chaired the Centralina Workforce Development Board’s Allied Health Regional Skills Partnership and the NorthWest Cabarrus High School Health Academy Advisory Board. Passionate about cultural inclusion and quality education, she has held numerous leadership and service roles with organizations such as Charlotte’s Women’s Inter-cultural Exchange Advisory Council, Cabarrus County Schools’ Gifted Education Advisory Board, the NC Network for Excellence in Teaching, the NC New Schools Project, the Cabarrus County Schools Parent Council, and the American Association of University Women.

Dr. Patchett is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky, is married, and the proud mother of three grown children. She and her husband enjoy doting on their grandchild, playing with their two mischievous cats, visiting family, spending time in the mountains and traveling abroad.

Lisa Allison-Jones, PhD
Acting Provost

Lisa Allison-Jones joined Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in August 2019 as Acting Provost. In this role, she oversees the library and all academic programs.

As a life-long educator, Dr. Allison-Jones is interested in factors impacting and supporting student engagement and success. Her doctoral dissertation examined the quality of instruction provided by full time and adjunct associate degree clinical nursing faculty. She subsequently has worked to improve engagement in online education programs, led the development of a new freshman orientation program, and co-wrote a successful HRSA grant to develop a veterans BSN program.

Dr. Allison-Jones began her educational career in the Virginia Community College System, where she served for 17 years as faculty and director of Associate Degree Nursing programs. She then moved to Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, where she held several different roles including Chair of the Nursing Department, Accreditation Readiness Director, Associate Dean and Dean for Academic Affairs. Most recently, she served as Dean of the College and facilitated a successful merger between Jefferson College and Radford University. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lenoir-Rhyne College (now University) in Hickory, NC.

While at Cabarrus College, Dr. Allison-Jones will live in Concord. She and her husband, Bruce Jones, make their home permanent home in Roanoke, VA. Together, they enjoy sailing, camping, and traveling.

Christine L. Corsello, MS
Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Ms. Corsello joined Cabarrus College in April 2012 as Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. She previously served for five years as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, as well as the Athletic Director at the University of Maine Presque Isle (UMPI). Prior to her position at UMPI, Ms. Corsello spent three years as a private higher education consultant specializing in organizational structure and efficiency and doing executive (Vice President and President level) searches for colleges and universities while residing in Matthews, North Carolina. She served for six years as the Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA, as Associate Dean of Students at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA for eight years, and worked in residence life at Stonehill College in Easton, MA and at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

Ms. Corsello did her doctoral work at the University of Massachusetts in Higher Education Policy Research and Administration, received her master's degree in counseling, with a student personnel emphasis, from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and her bachelor of science degree in community recreation with a sports emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Ms. Corsello enjoys spending time with her partner Joy and their two West Highland White Terriers, Aspen & Piper. Both Chris and Joy are avid golfers and enjoy all sports and outdoor activities, especially fly fishing, biking, hiking and camping.

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