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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2014

RCCD Board of Trustees Announces Candidates for Chancellor


The Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the names of the three candidates for the position of Chancellor following a national search. Invited to visit the District to participate in open public forums and candidate interviews are: Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, President, Sacramento City College, Sacramento; Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo; and, Dr. Michael L. Burke, President, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"The search committee decided to invite three impressive candidates to our District for extended face-to-face interviews," said Nathan Miller, vice president of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Chancellor Search Committee. "It is important that the candidates have an opportunity to experience the exciting, committed and vibrant individuals who make up the Riverside Community College District. The candidates' exposure to the people that we work with and serve will help them appreciate and discover our incredible RCCD community, as well as the dynamic opportunities and challenges that our new Chancellor will face."

The candidates have been invited to participate in open public forums to provide an opportunity for the college community to meet them. The Board encourages the community, students, faculty, and staff from throughout the District to attend these sessions and to complete feedback forms, which the Board will consider in their discussions about the candidates.

A detailed schedule for the forums will be released in the next few days. Following are the timeframes when each candidate will visit the District.

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery - May 11-13
Dr. Tod A. Burnett - May 18-20
Dr. Michael L. Burke - May 28-30


Dr. Kathryn Jeffery
May 12, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
SAS 121

Dr. Tod Burnett
May 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
SAS 121

Dr. Michael Burke
May 29, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
HUM 129

Visit the Final Candidates page for the forum's dates and video streaming information!



Candidate Biographies


Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery

Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D.
On March 17, 2008, Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery began serving as the 14th president of Sacramento City College (SCC). Dr. Jeffery is the first woman to be appointed as president in the college's history. Prior to SCC, Dr. Jeffery served as president of Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota (two years), and provost and chief campus administrator at the College of Southern Nevada (three years). Also, Dr. Jeffery has held positions with the Chancellor's Office of California Community Colleges (four years) serving as dean of Student Services and dean of Staff Diversity and Development. Other California leadership positions include the Yosemite Community College District (10 years) where she served as vice president of Student Services and Services Instructional programs. Dr. Jeffery serves on the Board of Directors for the California Community College Athletics Association, American Heart Association, and West Sacramento Early College Preparatory Charter School. Dr. Jeffery has extensive knowledge of two-year programs and services, community college governance, fundraising, and strategic planning. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis on Community College Leadership, an M.S. in Applied Sciences in Education (Counseling), and BME in Music Education with a major in piano and a minor in voice.


Dr. Tod A Burnett

Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
Dr. Tod A. Burnett has served as president of Saddleback College since 2008. As president, Dr. Burnett is the chief executive officer managing a $95 million budget and 1,350 employees that serve over 40,000 students each year from the south Orange County region. Previously, Dr. Burnett was vice chancellor for the California Community Colleges-the largest higher education system in the world, with 112 colleges and over 2.5 million students annually. In this capacity, he coordinated implementation of the first system-wide strategic plan, led the first system-wide emergency planning and preparedness effort, and improved system-wide communication. He was also integral in facilitating a $70 million private philanthropic gift for student scholarships from the Bernard Osher Foundation the nation's largest gift ever made to the community colleges. In 2003, Dr. Burnett was deputy appointments secretary for the governor of California where he recommended and facilitated appointments to over 300 full- and part-time positions in state government including agency and department senior management and members of boards and commissions. Prior to the governor, Dr. Burnett served in the president's administration as director of state and local government relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. In 1996 he served the mayor as commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works where he oversaw a $1 billion department with over 6,000 employees and directed the design, construction, and maintenance of the city's public infrastructure and delivered vital public safety, health, and environmental services and programs. Dr. Burnett is a first-generation American and California native. He was born in Los Angeles County and currently resides in Irvine, CA. Dr. Burnett holds an Education Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Administrative Studies from the University of California, Riverside. He also has a Certificate for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Dr. Michael L. Burkey

Michael L. Burke, Ph.
D. Dr. Michael L. Burke became the ninth president of Milwaukee Area Technical College by the District Board on January 6, 2010. Dr. Burke has more than 25 years of experience in community colleges in Texas, Idaho and California. He was named president of San Jose City College in March 2007. While at San Jose City College, he led a major rebuilding program that resulted in numerous new educational facilities on campus. SJCC experienced a 16 percent growth in enrollment from 2007 to 2009, and from 1998 to 2007, he served as president of North Idaho College, located in Coeur d'Alene, ID, where he provided educational services to an 8,000-square mile service area in the northern panhandle of that state. While there, he created three new outreach centers to serve the remote populations of the region, strengthened the relationship with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and he was instrumental in establishing the Northern Idaho Center for Higher Education (NICHE) in Coeur d'Alene, in collaboration with the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Lewis-Clark State College. Dr. Burke spent 13 years (1985 to 1998) at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX, which is part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). He also served as president of the Texas Association of Developmental Educators. On the national level, Dr. Burke has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); co-chaired the AACC Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and served as the chairman of the AACC Presidents Academy Executive Committee. Dr. Burke holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master of arts degree in English from the University of Houston; a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin; and certificates of completion from Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management and the League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute.



Questions about the Chancellor search should be directed to the search consultant:

Sperry MacNaughton
College CEOs, Inc.
1155 Via Vallarta
Riverside, CA 92506-3659
(tel) 951-788-4951