Release Date: 
Monday, September 25, 2023

Patti Flogaus will serve as Interim Executive Assistant to President Kavalhuna

Patti Flogaus in her office

F ollowing the retirement of HFC Executive Assistant to the President Kathy Dimitriou, long-time HFC employee Patti Flogaus will serve as the Interim Executive Assistant to the President.

"Patti has been a strong contributor at the College for many years, and she is a trusted teammate to all who have had the pleasure of working with her,” said HFC President Russ Kavalhuna. “She has periodically provided assistance to my office and the Board of Trustees during periods when Kathy was out of the office. The Board, the Cabinet, and I look forward to working with her in the coming months as we continue to evaluate the best strategy for the President’s Office to support the College and advance student success.”

The President’s Office will evaluate strategic needs and executive support needs in the coming months, and will then determine future staffing.

While serving the President’s Office, Flogaus will continue to serve in her role as Special Assistant to Vice President of Student Affairs Holly Diamond.

“Kathy will be a tough act to follow, but she has been more than gracious in getting me up to speed on everything,” said Flogaus. “It is an honor to serve in the President’s Office, and I am looking forward to working with Russ and will do my best to meet the high bar that Kathy has set.”

27 years at HFC

Born in Lincoln Park, Flogaus is an alumna of Lincoln Park High School. Flogaus attended HFC and earned her associate degree in business. Transferring to Central Michigan University, she graduated magna cum laude, earning her bachelor’s degree in business.

Flogaus has worked at HFC since 1996. For 19 of her 27 years at the College, she has worked on the fourth floor of the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services & Conference Center (ASCC) (Building L) on the main campus. She has been in her current position since 2016, serving three people who have held the title Vice President of Student Affairs.

“I have always enjoyed working with our students and doing my part to help them be successful at HFC,” said Flogaus. “I have enjoyed working with Vice President Holly Diamond. We have a good relationship and work well together.”

Avid advocate for animals (and people)

Outside of HFC, Flogaus is an avid animal lover and has done volunteer work on behalf of animals. Since 2014, she has volunteered with the Dearborn Animal Shelter. She led fundraising efforts to get HFC’s name engraved on the donor wall inside the new Shelter. Flogaus also led the effort to provide all fire stations in the City of Dearborn with pet oxygen masks.

Dimitriou and Flogaus have worked together since 2007. She is glad that Flogaus will be taking on duties in the president's office.

“I am very happy knowing that Patti Flogaus will be working in the President’s Office,” said Dimitriou. “From the time I met Patti, I have found her to be a very kind, caring, hardworking, and extremely competent coworker. It eases my mind knowing that Patti will be taking my place for the next several months.”