SNC President Dr. Alan Walker

Meet the President of Sierra Nevada College

Walker-Alan_EWJ1472-2015-420Dr. Alan G. Walker became the 13th President of Sierra Nevada College in September 2015. He is a visionary leader with over thirty years of progressively responsible teaching, administrative, and leadership experience in postsecondary education, including more than ten years as a college president; an excellent track record of achieving strategic goals and objectives that position organizations for success in an increasingly competitive, global, and dynamically changing environment; skilled at building high-achieving teams, developing and implementing effective strategic plans and resourcing them, and being constituency centered; and maintains a passion for changing lives, growing organizations and the continuous pursuit of excellence.

Before coming to Sierra Nevada College, Dr. Walker served as President of Upper Iowa University, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Shawnee State University (OH), 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, at the University of Kansas; and Director of Fire Service Training at the Idaho State Division of Vocational Education.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Walker has gained expertise across a broad array of areas to include:

  • strategic change leadership;
  • adult education, distance learning, curriculum development, and delivery system design;
  • strategic alliance and coalition-building;
  • process, system, and organizational architecture optimization;
  • team building, and talent management;
  • global business development;
  • strategic positioning;
  • enrollment management;
  • fundraising and grant acquisition and management;
  • regulatory and professional/industry standard development and compliance;
  • financial management and strategic resource allocation; and
  • legislative affairs.

Dr. Walker discusses his experiences at SNC on Tahoe TV

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, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from the College of Southern Idaho.

Dr. Walker and his wife of over 30 years, Debbie, are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy cycling, skiing, camping, backpacking, and sailing; they are a part of the active lifestyle at Lake Tahoe. Debbie grew up in Washington State and Alan has family in Idaho and Washington State. They have one grown daughter, Emily.