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Notable Promotions, Hirings and Start-Ups

Alumnus Duane Coleman (MBA, 1986) has been named superintendent of the Oceanside Unified School District in Oceanside (OUSD), California. He is a class of 1979 graduate of Oceanside High School.  Mr. Coleman previously served as associate superintendent of educational services at OUSD. His duties included management of curriculum and instruction, student services, special education support services and assessment and evaluation. He also directly supervised the district’s 23 elementary and secondary principals.

Alumna Dedra Dogan Castle (BBA, 1999) has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Rite Aid Corporation. In that position, Ms. Castle will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, leadership development and diversity. She will report to Rite Aid's Chairman and CEO John Standley.

Alumnus Gil West (MBA, 1994) has been named Executive Vice President and COO of Delta Airlines. Mr. West joined Delta in 2008 as senior vice president – Airport Customer Service and was instrumental in leading operations integration work during Delta's merger with Northwest Airlines and driving customer satisfaction improvements in Delta's internal customer measurements as well as Net Promoter scores. In 2012, he assumed responsibility for leading the airline's internal maintenance operations at Delta TechOps as well as its maintenance, repair and overhaul provider business.

Alumnus Immanuel Ontiveros (BS, Organizational Leadership, 2013) just launched his own brand of men's ties, called Lord Wallington. Until recently, Ontiveros was working at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, helping vets with their benefits. But then  he gave his two-week notice to pursue his tailoring and designing passions — as encouraged by his wife, Anda, an attorney by trade who now works for a local tech company.