New SNC Tahoe President Announced
The Board of Trustees of Sierra Nevada College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alan G. Walker as the next President of the College. He will officially begin his executive duties on September 21, 2015.
Dr. Walker has over 30 years of experience in higher education, including eight years as the President of Upper Iowa University, a private, independent, non-profit institution. His extensive leadership experience includes strategic planning, enrollment management, financial management and strategic resource allocation, curriculum development, and delivery system design. He has a proven ability to initiate growth and lead an institution towards its strategic goals.
“I feel very fortunate to be in higher education and go to work every day doing something I love,” Dr. Walker said. “I am excited to have the opportunity help grow Sierra Nevada College. It is so well positioned with respect to its strategic plan, the way in which it delivers higher education, its many unique program offerings, and its spectacular location.” He continued, “I’m looking forward to joining a campus community that emphasizes face-to-face interaction with students, because at the end of the day, it is all about the student experience.”
Walker’s selection follows an eight-month long, nationwide search facilitated by the executive placement firm AGB Search. The Search Committee was composed of trustees, faculty, and staff and chaired by Trustee Dave Collins. Board Chairman Atam Lalchandani commented: “I applaud Dave Collins and the members of the Search Committee for their diligence and hard work throughout a long and careful process that brought us over 100 highly-qualified candidates. Dr. Walker brings enormous strengths as a leader and administrator. He is well-prepared to champion the unique learning environment at SNC Tahoe that we all value so much – an environment that prepares our students to be positive contributors to society after graduation.”
The Committee received almost three times the expected number of applications for the position, a response attributed to the College’s potential, the overall attractiveness of the community, and its location at Lake Tahoe. Collins said, “The ability to select a new president from such a large, diverse, and rich field of candidates allowed us to find a person that is the right fit for the College and the community.”
During Walker’s eight years as President of Upper Iowa University, the institution added eleven new majors, doubled the number of full-time faculty, completed nearly $70 million in new, LEED-certified capital construction, and increased principal campus enrollment by 48%. Most recently, he served as Interim Provost at Shawnee State University in Ohio, where he was responsible for a $25 million budget. 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 of Fire Service Training in the 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 Debbie are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy cycling, skiing, camping, backpacking, and sailing; they are excited to become 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. Walker will assume the presidency of the only private college in Nevada, with approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to its Incline Village campus, the College also has locations in Reno and Las Vegas/Henderson.
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