VVC Narrows Presidential Search to Three Candidates

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– The VVC Presidential Search Committee, comprised of members from the student body, the high desert community, classified employees, faculty, management and the college foundation has completed its work and three candidates have been recommended for consideration to the  Board of Trustees to serve as the next Superintendent/President of Victor Valley College. The final candidates are: Dr. Krista Johns, Dr. Daniel Walden, and Dr. Gregory Busch. The search committee looked at the initial 29 candidates experience, education, communication skills and community engagement to narrow down the pool of applicants to become the next Superintendent/President of Victor Valley College.

Finalists Candidate Forums have been scheduled at Victor Valley College in the Student Activities Center, Upstairs in SAC A-D, October 22nd and Tuesday, October 23rd.

The public is encouraged to attend. Parking is Free.

Monday, October 22

10:30 – 11:30 am – Dr. Krista Johns

1:30 – 2:30 pm – Dr. Daniel Walden

Tuesday, October 23

10:30 – 11:30 am – Dr. Gregory Busch

Each candidate will have a 5-minute introduction and then one introductory question for another 5-minutes, followed by 45 minutes of audience questions* and a 5 minute closing statement. The candidate’s background summary and an input form will be available as the audience arrives, along with *3×5 cards that will be available and for public questions.

The forums will be videotaped and available on the VVC website.

Candidate Educational achievement and experiences

Krista R. Johnsreceived a Juris Doctor Degree (Ed.D.) IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. She also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from University of Wisconsin, Parkside and is a fellow of the Community College Leadership Program at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Johns serves as Vice Chancellor, Educational Services and Student Success at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in Dublin, California and is currently serving as the Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator for the California Community Colleges State Chancellor’s Office in the San Francisco Bay Area..  Previously she was an Adjunct Faculty in Business at Las Positas College; served as Interim President and Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College; Vice President for Policy and Research at WASC, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Novato, California; Dean of Business and English, and Adjunct Faculty in Business at Diablo Valley College; Senior Attorney for Educational Development at the Administrative Office of the California Courts in San Francisco; Assistant Director and Director of Curriculum at University of Nevada, Reno; Director of Judicial College and Director of Paralegal Studies Program at University of Mississippi.

Daniel W. Waldenreceived a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University.  He also received a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Education from Claremont Graduate University, A Master’s in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Cal State University Long Beach and Associate of Arts from Cerritos College.

Dr. Walden currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College.  Previously he served as Dean of Academic Services at Los Angeles Southwest College; Dean of Research & Planning / Senior Research Analyst at Los Angeles Southwest College; and CEO / President reporting to a governing board of a non-profit religious organization.

Gregg Buschreceived a Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Leadership from West Virginia University.  He also received a Master of Science Degree in Community Medicine from West Virginia University School of Medicine, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Busch currently serves as Vice President of Instruction, Guided Pathways, and Dual Enrollment at Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona.  He formerly served as Dean of Academic Affairs and Dean for Articulation and Transfer at North Central State College, Mansfield, Ohio; Dean of Arts and Sciences, Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Washington State Community College, Marietta, Ohio; Governor/Trustee at West Virginia University; and Director of West Virginia University at Parkersburg Honors College.

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