Sunday, July 5, 2015

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Meet the Interim Superintendent/President

Interim Superintendent/President Denise Whittaker at Commencement 2011

Denise Whittaker became Interim Superintendent/President on Jan. 20, 2011.

She has 34 years of experience in California's Community Colleges, including leadership roles at Citrus College (Glendora, CA), Oxnard College (Oxnard, CA), El Camino College (Torrance, CA), San Bernardino Valley College (San Bernardino, CA) and Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA).

She has served as community college president, vice president, dean, faculty and counselor with a particular background and expertise in student services, enrollment management, human resources, grant writing and grants management, community outreach, contract education & economic development, foundation and institutional development.

In addition, Whittaker also served three years as the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia and six years as an educational consultant for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Whittaker served as an Accreditation Liaison Officer with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Southwestern College's accrediting agency, and has served on more than 15 accreditation teams.

She received a Master's Degree in Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles, a Bachelor's in Elementary Education (major) and Recreation/Outdoor Education (minor) from Southern Illinois University, and an Associate of Science degree in Liberal Studies from Belleville Junior College in Illinois.

She has completed all of the coursework required for the Doctoral Program at UCLA with a major in Education and Work, and a minor in Behavioral Management.