Merced College hires two new academic deans

Merced College is hiring two new academic deans, John Albano and Dr. Kevin Kistler.

Albano, who is a professor of music at Merced College, will be the dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. Kistler will be the dean of English and Child Development, according to the Merced College news release.

Albano has been teaching music at Merced College for 10 years and has been the arts faculty lead for three years, according to Merced College. He created the college's Guitar Orchestra and has directed the Jazz Ensemble.

Kistler is currently a dean at College of the Canyons and assistant to the vice president of instruction and will begin his new position in January, the news release said.

-- Ameera Butt