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Kevin Walthers named president of Allan Hancock Joint Community College District in California

Allan Hancock College May 23, 2013

Kevin Walthers named president of Allan Hancock Joint CC District

The Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees last evening named a college president from Northern California as the college’s new superintendent/president.

Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., is the current president of Las Positas College in Livermore, California. The college is one of two in the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and one of the 112 community colleges in the state. He will serve as the fifth permanent superintendent/president in the history of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District.

Walthers was selected from a nationwide search that was launched after Superintendent/President José M. Ortiz, Ed.D., announced his departure in 2012 to become chancellor of California’s Peralta Community College District.

Elizabeth A. Miller, Ed.D., has been the interim superintendent/president since July 2012.

Walthers will begin his new duties on July 8, 2013.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Walthers to Allan Hancock College. He is a great fit for this college and our community. Dr. Walthers’ enthusiasm for the position and the community, coupled with his excellent leadership and management experience, will serve us well,” said Larry Lahr, president of the board. Lahr praised the search process as thorough and inclusive.

During his tenure at Las Positas, Walthers said he is most proud of fostering college relationships with the community, creating innovative fundraising programs, leading mid-term accreditation requirements and building a strong and diverse administrative team.

Prior to joining Las Positas College, Walthers served in executive roles with the Utah State Board of Regents, the College of Eastern Utah, and most recently held a joint position with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. As the Vice Chancellor for Administration in West Virginia, Walthers provided oversight of WVNET, the state’s central network service and internet provider for colleges and universities.
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