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Joe Allison VP of Administrative Services at  Merced College

Special to CVV

Joe Allison has been named the Merced College Vice President of Administrative Services.

Allison, who was the College’s Director of Business & Fiscal Services, has been serving as the acting vice president since August. Joanne Schultz, the previous vice president, retired in September. His permanent appointment was approved by the Merced College Board of Trustees on October 10.

“It was a fairly seamless transition as I have been in the acting role since August,” Allison said. “My position oversees campus police, budget development, maintenance, operations, transportation, grounds, print services, the campus bookstore, purchasing, the business office, payroll, student fees, facility development, capital planning, and event scheduling. Our job is to partner with Student Services and Instruction in order to provide efficient services that support the success of our students.”

Allison graduated from Merced College with an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration in the spring of 1989. He played two years on the Blue Devil basketball team, including coaching legend Don Reid’s final season.

Allison finished out his playing days at Grand Canyon University before returning home to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Fresno State University.

He has more than 19 years’ experience in management and administration, including the last 15 years with Merced College. Allison is a licensed CPA with an additional 4 years’ experience as an Internal Auditor with the Merced County Auditor-Controller’s Office.

“We are looking forward to having Mr. Allison at the helm of the Administrative Services Division,” Merced College Superintendent/President Chris Vitelli said. He is a strong leader and will help move Merced College in a positive direction. “Mr. Allison is uniquely situated with his background and experiences as both a former Merced College student and long-time manager of the District to step in and make immediate contributions as the Vice President of Administrative Services.”

Allison said campus safety and developing a sustainable budget plan were his initial concerns.

“We need to maintain a safe campus for our students, faculty, classified professionals and managers. Part of my primary focus will be to review the adequacy of our current emergency preparedness plans,” Allison said. “We have to ensure that our plans are sufficient, logical and operational, and provides us the ability to effectively address emergencies as they arise.

“Developing a sustainable budget plan is very critical since it impacts the entire campus community. This process includes the elimination of budget  deficits and the establishment of sufficient reserves to address future economic downturns as well as increases in mandatory expenditures.”


Allison is married to Danielle and they have three children, Deshaun, Jaylen and Jordyn.


"Its with great pleasure to congratulate my husband on a promotion he just received. He is the New Vice President of Administrative Services at Merced College. We are ALL So proud of him."                                                      Danielle Mim-Allison Wife

Joe Allison Vice President

 of Administrative Services


Monday, November 13, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Lakireddy Auditorium

Everyone is invited to this year's event celebrating the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerace, at which Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke will be honored.


LaDuke has dedicated her life to social change, working nationally and internationally on issues of justice, equity and the environment alongside indigenous communities.


A Harvard University graduate, LaDuke is an educator, economist, environmentalist and writer. She has been recently seen speaking on behalf of the resistance camps in North Dakota as people stood against the Dakota Access Pipeline project, trying to protect water, land and sites that are sacred to indigenous people. LaDuke is also known as a leader on the issues of cultural-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and sustainable food systems.


She has also written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is the author of six books, including “Recovering the Sacred,” “All Our Relations,” a novel entitled “Last Standing Woman” and her newest work, “The Winona LaDuke Chronicles.”


Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and LaDuke will receive her award and deliver a keynote address beginning at 6 p.m.


She joins other notable people, including President Jimmy Carter, Anita Hill, Charles Ogletree and Justice Cruz Reynoso, as recipients of the prize.


People are asked to RSVP by Nov. 6 at giving.ucmerced.edu/spendlove-2017, by calling 209-228-RSVP or emailing specialevents@ucmerced.edu. Contact:  Office of the Chancellor, 209-228-RSVP or email specialevents@ucmerced.edu, chancellor@ucmerced.edu

Lavelle "Snap" Winzer

Retirement Celebration

Lavelle "Snap Winzer retiring after 40 years of service from his job and the community on October 7, 2017. Winzer retired from

Rivera Middle School in Merced.

"I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of

you that came out to celebrate my husband's retirement. It was truly a blessing to be amongst each of you. We thank each of you who gave kind words and encouragement. Words can't express how much all of it meant to us and to see the smile on his face.


Thanks to our children for their special tribute and special

thanks to Russell Pars for your appearance, it was the ultimate surprise. I just wanted to say we love and thank each of you"                                          -Shirley Winzer/Wife

Photo by: Lisa Coelho

Snap Winzer thanking wife Shirley at his retirement celebration.

Spendlove Prize Ceremony

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