Kevin Walthers, Ph.D., Appointed New Superintendent/President at Allan Hancock College

He will begin his new duties July 8.

New President NamedMAY 22, 2013 -- 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.  Pictured at left are trustees Greg Pensa, Bernard E. Jones and Larry Lahr; Walthers; trustees Tim Bennett, student Steven T. Auclair and Hilda Zacarias; and Interim Superintendent/President Elizabeth A. Miller. Ed.D.

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. 

Walthers began his career as an educator by teaching high school in north Texas.  He has taught at all levels of higher education and is a guest lecturer on leadership, management and social justice issues. 

“It may sound trite, but this is a dream come true for my family and me,” said Walthers. “I have been aware of the good work and great success of Allan Hancock College for many years, and had hoped that someday I might be a part of this wonderful college and community.  Now that day has come and I could not be more pleased.” 

Walthers attended Eastfield Community College in Mesquite, Texas, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s of educational administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah. 

Born in Dallas, Walthers was raised in an Air Force family and lived in several states before moving back to Texas..  He and his wife, Shannon Elliott, have a ten year-old son, Trey.

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