College of the Canyons has appointed a new vice president of economic and business development. Jeffery Forrest, a veteran financial analyst who served as interim dean of business and human development at St. Louis Community College in Missouri, will assume his new role July 25. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to champion the message of College of the Canyons as an innovative, entrepreneurial college that is committed to the growth and prosperity of the community,” Forrest said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be a Cougar.” Forrest takes over the post formerly occupied by Joe Klocko, who retired earlier this year. Forrest’s responsibilities will include developing partnerships with business leaders and organizations in Santa Clarita and throughout the region.