Cam Cruickshank, PhD
President

Dr. Cam Cruickshank joined Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2020 as the President.

Dr. Cruickshank brings over 15 years of executive experience including serving as a Vice President at three institutions, as a consultant, and as an entrepreneur. During his career, he has served as a Vice President responsible for finance and administration, enrollment management, online education, university advancement, student affairs, and campus executive officer.  Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Windsor, a Master of Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Business Administration from Tiffin University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from The University of Toledo.  

 

Dr. Cruickshank enjoys the outdoors, travel, and is an avid fan of college football. He lives in Huntersville with his wife Margarita. 

Meg Patchett, PhD
Provost

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.

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.

Heather Peninger

Heather Peninger, BS
Administrative Assistant to the President  

Heather Peninger joined Cabarrus College in April 2013 as a Senior Staff Assistant supporting the Provost and Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Before coming to Cabarrus College, she supported senior leadership in the public school setting for 13 years. A native of Rowan County, in 2012 she graduated magna cum laude from Catawba College with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration while working full-time and raising a family. She worked for 13 years supporting leadership in the public school setting. She is the perfect example that it is never too late to go back to school. 

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and side-kick Moe (a miniature schnauzer) while relaxing by the lake or beach. 

 

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