Meet New President Dr. Alan Walker

The new President of Sierra Nevada College

Dr. Alan Walker brings over thirty years of progressively responsible teaching, administrative, and leadership experience in post-secondary education. He served as the President of Upper Iowa University for eight years, and most recently as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Shawnee State University (Ohio). On August 11, 2015, the Board of Trustees of Sierra Nevada College announced the selection of Dr. Walker as the next President of SNC Tahoe.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Walker has gained expertise across a broad array of functional areas: the implementation of strategic plans, including identification and acquisition of the necessary resources; enrollment management; financial management and strategic resource allocation; fundraising; curriculum development and delivery system design; and global business development.

While at Upper Iowa University – a masters degree-granting, private, independent, nonprofit university with an annual enrollment of 6,000 students and 750 full and part-time faculty and staff – Dr. Walker was responsible for the operation of the principal residential campus, online programs, and twenty centers across the U.S. as well as in Hong Kong and Malaysia. The University offered 40 majors, 64 minors, 5 pre-professional programs, and 4 graduate-level programs. During his tenure as President, he oversaw a $70 million capital construction program, opened five new academic extension centers, increased enrollment on the principal campus by 48%, added eleven new majors, doubled the full-time faculty, and established both the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the Honors Program.

While serving as Interim Provost as Shawnee State University, he was responsible for a budget of approximately $25 million as well as 146 full-time and 175 part-time faculty members. He provided leadership for the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, University College, the Library, the Registrar’s Office, the Graduate Center, Grants, Instructional Technology, the Center for International Programs and Activities, the Teaching Learning Center, the Women’s Center, the Honors Program, the General Education Program, and Distance Learning.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Walker served as the Vice Provost for Extended University Programs at Western Michigan University; Director of the Fire and Emergency Training Institute at Louisiana State University; Director, Fire Service Training, Division of Continuing Education at the University of Kansas; and Director of Fire Service Training at the Idaho State Division of Vocational Education.

Dr. Walker holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy Administration from the University of Kansas; and both an M.Ed. in Vocational/Adult Education and a B.S. in Trade and Industrial Technical Education from the University of Idaho.

Alan Walker and his wife of 30 years, Debbie, are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy cycling, skiing, camping, backpacking, and sailing; they are excited to become a part of the active lifestyle at Lake Tahoe. Debbie grew up in Washington State and Alan has family in Idaho; they both look forward to being close to friends and family in the western region. They have one daughter, Emily, who is a junior in college.


Dr. Alan Walker

Sierra Nevada College President