Meet our Vice President of Instruction Candidates

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017 the Academic Senate of San Bernardino Valley College will be hosting the candidates for Vice President of Instruction. Let's meet our candidates: Dr. John Tilquest, Dr. Kay Weiss, and Dr. Daniel Powell. 

Dr. John Tilquist
 Experienced in all levels of California higher education – UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges – Dr. Tillquist has eleven years as Dean of Business and Technology and was ultimately an Associate Vice Chancellor at the Riverside Community College District. As Dean, his responsibilities included enrollment management for courses and associated laboratories, accreditation of the Business program, and supervision over more than a dozen study areas and the associated faculty and adjunct staff.


As Dean, Dr. Tillquist developed extensive experience with students and faculty, handling student appeals, faculty assignments, course scheduling, and program development including responsibilities for student advising, administering programs for student access and success, and grievances.
As Associate Vice Chancellor, Dr. Tillquist grew Adult and Workforce education five-fold, increasing the offerings of programs through diverse channels, multiple funding sources, and turned a large annual deficit in fee-based programs to positive income. Managing and administering multi-million dollar budgets, Dr. Tillquist oversaw a large staff and the program delivery to over 14,000 students. In addition, Dr. Tillquist oversaw the Grants and Contracts department, the portfolio of which grew $20M during his tenure.


Dr. Tillquist holds masters and doctorate degrees in information and computer science from the University of California, Irvine and has over two dozen academic publications. He has served on committees for District Strategic Planning, Promotion and Tenure, District Information Technologies, School and College accreditation, as well as for degree and certificate program development.


With strong experience in the California Community College system, knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations, a commitment to delivering impactful programs to the community, and with planning and budget experience of large-scale programs, Dr. Tillquist brings innovative ideas and the vision to serve our diverse student community.

Dr. Kay Weiss
 Dr. Weiss’ long career in community colleges began as adjunct faculty. Her progression led her to tenured faculty, chair, coordinator and administration. Her belief in collegial governance has been developed through Academic Senate, College Council and a variety of campus committees as well as District advisory committees and negotiating teams; all of which have fostered both faculty and administrative perspectives.


Dr. Weiss currently serves as Dean of the Arts and Humanities Division at San Bernardino Valley College. She is responsible for instructional programs which include basic skills, transfer and career/technical training programs. Additionally, Dr. Weiss champions the college’s online and early college programs and the campus program review and accreditation processes.


Believing strongly in shared governance, Dr. Weiss has worked closely with a variety of instruction and student support services offices and committees in order to promote active engagement in student success initiatives and activities both inside and out of the classroom. Integrated planning, student conference participation and contextualized learning communities have been key accomplishments.


In addition to campus service, Dr. Weiss has considerable leadership experience in the broader educational community. She served as President of the North American Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (NCSPOD). She participated on the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and the Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends through the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). She developed NCSPOD’s year-long peer mentorship “New Practitioner Program.” She remains active in Professional and Organizational Development, conducting Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training and Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW). She is currently the Western US Representative to the ISW International Advisory Committee. She has been a frequent presenter at conferences on topics related to instruction, leadership and professional development.

Dr. Daniel Powell
 Dr. Daniel Powell is currently the Dean of Arts & Humanities at Laramie County Community College and lives in Cheyenne, WY. He supervises academic departments in English, Education, Modern Languages, Mass Media/Multimedia, Communication, Music, Art Theater, Philosophy, and Humanities and other operational areas within the School of Arts & Humanities including curriculum development and assessment; advancing competency-based learning; improving program marketing, recruitment, and retention; and developing and implementing strategic action plans. In addition to overseeing the development, administration, and accountability of a large operational budget, Dr. Powell serves on many committees to develop and advance policy, procedures, and practices across the college.


Before coming to LCCC, Dr. Powell served for 2 years as the Music Department Chair at the Patel Conservatory of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Powell was the Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Chipola College and the executive director of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA). As the Associate Dean, Dr. Powell was the academic administrator for music, art and theater programs; served as artistic director of the Artist Series; supervised the Center for the Arts, Cultural Center and Fine Arts facilities; and directed the marketing and development/fundraising programs within the department.
Having received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from West Texas A&M University, Dr. Powell began his teaching career in the Texas public schools. He then received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where he served as a teaching assistant. Dr. Powell received the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University (FSU). During his tenure at FSU, he was a teaching assistant and was the first to receive a Certificate in Arts Administration. Dr. Powell also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Troy University.

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The Academic Senate meeting will be held at SBVC on November 29, 2017 in ART 144 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm. All campus constituents are welcome to attend and there will be an opportunity to give feedback on each candidate at the meeting.