Kevin T. Ballinger, a professor of neurodiagnostic technology at Orange Coast College, has been appointed dean of consumer and health sciences.
Ballinger, who has taught at OCC since 1982, said his new responsibility is "a wonderful and exciting challenge. This is probably the most diverse academic division at Orange Coast College."
The consumer and health sciences division of the college has 25 programs, including early childhood education, culinary arts, interior design, respiratory care, dental assisting, hotel management, cardiovascular technology and medical assisting.
Ballinger, an Orange County native and OCC graduate, has headed the college's neurodiagnostic technology program for 11 years and established the school's sleeping disorder monitoring program five years ago.
OCC's neurodiagnostic technology program, which provides students with technical skills for performing diagnostic procedures related to neurological disorders, is the only accredited program of its kind in California.