2020 Fellows

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Wheelhouse 2020 Fellows

Wheelhouse welcomes these community college leaders as members of the fourth cohort of the Institute on Leadership:

 

Gregory Anderson, President, Riverside City College
Dr. Anderson became President of Riverside City College in January 2019. Previously, he served as President of Saddleback College and Interim Vice President of Instruction at Mt. San Antonio College. He has also served as strategic advisor, vice president, dean, director and faculty. He earned a Doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Southern California (USC); a Master of Arts in teaching English as a second language from the School for International Training, and a Bachelor of Science in speech communication and English (linguistics) from the University of Wisconsin.

 

Byron Breland, Chancellor, San Jose Evergreen Community College District 
Dr. Breland became Chancellor of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District in November 2018. Previously, he served in that role in an interim capacity. He has served in numerous instructional and administrative positions in K-12 and higher education, including as President of San Jose City College, where he worked to develop beneficial partnerships in Silicon Valley. Dr. Breland earned a Doctorate in counseling psychology from USC; a Master of Science in education and family studies; and a Bachelor of Science in consumer economics from the University of Maryland.

 

Jerry Buckley, President, Reedley College
Dr. Buckley became the President of Reedley College in June 2019. His 30 years in higher education include serving as Vice President of Instruction for the San Diego Community College District, as Senior Dean of planning, research & institutional effectiveness for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District; and as Professor of medical instrumentation. He also served as Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs. He earned a Doctorate in education from San Diego State University; a Master of Arts in biology from CSU Fullerton; and a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from USC.

 

Kristin Clark, President, West Hills College-Lemoore
Dr. Clark became the President of West Hills College-Lemoore in December 2015. Previously, she served as Vice President of Student Services, Director of Admissions, Records and Enrollment Technology, and Dean of Enrollment Services for Orange Coast College, and as the Registrar for National University in North Hills. She holds a Doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master’s in educational technology from Pepperdine University; and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the University of Phoenix.

 

Dyrell Foster, President, Las Positas College
Dr. Dyrell Foster became the President of Las Positas College in February 2020. Previously, he served as Vice President of Student Services at Moreno Valley College, where he led the development of the college’s strategic initiatives, educational partnerships, community engagement, and innovative instructional and student support programs. He also served as an administrator at Rio Hondo College, Mt. San Antonio College, Evergreen Valley College, and San Jose State University. He earned a Doctorate in higher education administration from USC; a Master of Science in counseling and student development in higher education from CSU Long Beach; and a Bachelor of Science in applied behavioral science from UC Davis.

 

Mary Gallagher, President, Los Angeles City College
Dr. Gallagher became the President of Los Angeles City College in 2018. Previously, she served as Vice President of Administrative Services and as an acting President for the college. She planned and implemented a $17 million project to completely overhaul and upgrade campus technology, provided collaborative leadership in the transformation of the college from individual instructional departments to inclusive pathways, and initiated student assistance programs. Dr. Gallagher earned a Doctorate in education from Claremont Graduate University; an MBA from Pepperdine; and a Bachelor’s in business administration from Cal Poly Pomona.

 

Martha Garcia, Superintendent/President, Imperial Valley College
Dr. Garcia became Superintendent/President of Imperial Valley College and the first woman to lead the College in 2018. Previously, she had served as acting Vice President of Student Affairs and Interim Vice President of Instruction and was responsible for developing and coordinating a $5.8 million grant from the California Career Pathways Trust. Dr. Garcia earned a Doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University; a Master’s in educational counseling from National University; a Bachelor’s in criminal justice administration from San Diego State; and an Associate’s Degree from Imperial Valley College.

 

Kim Hoffmans, President, Ventura College
Dr. Hoffmans became the President of Ventura College in June 2019. She has served the Ventura County Community College District for 25 years as a Nursing Faculty, Department Chair, Dean, and Vice President of Academic Affairs. She has served on statewide boards for Instructional Officers, Athletics, and Workforce & Economic Development among others. She earned a Doctorate in educational leadership and administration from California Lutheran University; a Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University; and a Bachelor of Science in registered nursing from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

James Houpis, President, Modesto Junior College
Dr. Houpis became President of Modesto Junior College in March 2019. Previously, he served as the Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies at Skyline College. He has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of earth and environmental sciences at CSU East Bay; Dean of natural sciences at Southern Illinois University; and, Environmental Scientist and Project Leader at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Houpis earned a Doctorate in forest science from UC Berkeley; a Master of Science from San Diego State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental sciences from UC Berkeley.

 

Jamillah Moore, President, Cañada College
Dr. Moore is the president of Cañada College in 2016. Previously, she served as Vice Chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District, Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD), President of LA City College, Senior Vice Chancellor for Governmental and External Relations for the CCCCO, and Interim Superintendent/President of Compton Community College. She earned a Doctorate in international and multicultural education from USF; a Master’s in intercultural communication and public policy; and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from CSU Sacramento.

 

Art Pimentel, President, Woodland Community College
Dr. Pimentel became the president of Woodland Community College in 2019. Previously, he served as District Director of Educational Services and Student Success and Campus Dean in the West Sacramento Center of Sacramento City College. He has held several elected and regional leadership positions, including member of the Woodland City Council in 2004, Mayor of Woodland in 2008, and trustee of the Woodland Joint Unified School District in 2014. Dr. Pimentel earned a Doctorate in education from UC Davis; a Master of Arts in educational leadership; and a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from CSU Sacramento.

 

Greg Schulz, President, Fullerton College
Dr. Schulz became the president of Fullerton College in 2016. Previously, he served for a year as the college’s Interim President. Prior to that, he served the North Orange County Community College District as Provost and Dean of Instruction and Student Services of the School of Continuing Education. He has also served as Dean of Trades, Industrial and Career Technologies at Long Beach City College. Dr. Schulz earned a Doctorate in education from USC; a Master of Public Administration from CSU Long Beach; and a Bachelor’s in accounting and business administration from CSU Fullerton.

 

Regina Stanback-Stroud, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District
Dr. Stanback Stroud became the Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District in 2019. Previously, she served as President of Skyline College from 2010 to 2019. She has served as the President of the State Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and on the Academic Senate Executive Committee for five years. Dr. Stanback Stroud earned a Doctorate in education leadership from Mills College; a Master’s in human relations from Golden State University; and a Bachelor of Science in nursing sciences from Howard University.

 

Kevin Trutna, Superintendent/President, Feather River College
Dr. Trutna became the president of Feather River College in 2012. Previously, he worked for 14 years at Yuba College as Vice President of Academic & Student Services as well as Dean of Math, Engineering, Science & Health Occupations. He has also served as Honors Program Director; Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, Planning & Grants; Interim Executive Dean of the Clearlake Campus; and as Acting President of Yuba College. He earned a Doctorate in adult and higher education from Montana State University; a Master of Science in mathematics from Loyola University of Chicago; and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Montana State University.

 

Daniel Walden, Superintendent/President, Victor Valley College
Dr. Walden became the Superintendent/President of Victor Valley College in 2018. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College and as a longtime Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Southwest College. Dr. Walden earned a Doctorate in higher education and higher education administration and a Master of Arts in education from Claremont Graduate University; a Bachelor’s in sociology from CSU Long Beach; and an Associate of Arts degree from Cerritos College.

 

Kevin Walthers, Superintendent/President, Allan Hancock College
Dr. Walthers became the Superintendent/President of Allan Hancock College in 2013. Previously, he served as President of Los Positas College and in executive roles with the Utah State Board of Regents and the College of Eastern Utah. He also held a joint position with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. He earned a Doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah; a Master’s of educational administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce; and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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