The Riverside Community College District Chancellor invites applications and nominations for the position of President of Moreno Valley College (MVC). The Chancellor seeks a proven leader with a commitment to the community college mission and vision.
Riverside Community College District (RCCD) in Southern California is seeking an exceptional leader for the position of President of Moreno Valley College; this person reports to the Chancellor of RCCD.
The new president will enter office during a historic period. Moreno Valley College earned full accreditation in 2010 and became California’s 111th community college. MVC benefited from a district reorganization that decentralized student services and assigned specific facilities, human resources, and financial services to each college. In addition, a budget allocation model is in place for the District and colleges that covers operational funding as well as general obligation bond measure funding. The next five years will be important ones for MVC and its sister colleges as the District matures as a multi-college system.
Past & Present
Founded in 1991 as a satellite campus, Moreno Valley College is a comprehensive institution offering a full range of transfer associate degrees and certificate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as industry-targeted career technical programs. The College’s operating budget is in excess of 36 million. Nearly 9,000 full-time and part-time students attend classes each semester, placing MVC among the premiere mid-sized colleges in the country and creating a vibrant college environment that reflects the dynamic surrounding communities: 58% Hispanic, 17% Caucasian, 13% African American, 4% Asian, and the remainder represented by Pacific Islander, Filipino, and Native American students. Full-time faculty and staff number 200. The College enjoys strong support from the community and generates more than $317 million a year in benefits to the local economy.
Moreno Valley College is also known for its state-of-the-art allied health programs, which include: Dental Hygiene program, Dental Assistant program, Early Childhood Education program, Medical Assisting program, Human Services program and emerging programs in such areas as Business and Information Technology Systems. MVC’s tradition of strong partnerships with regional health care providers is opening new avenues for the expansion of high-demand programs to meet critical shortages in skilled healthcare providers. MVC’s Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center has led to robust partnership programs in Law Enforcement, Fire Technology, Emergency Medical Services, and other public safety professions. The College’s ties to the business community and local government, K-12 districts, and civic organizations are notable as well. In addition to three innovative early and middle college high school programs, MVC continues to develop joint-use projects to serve both students and the community as evidenced by the college park project.
Positioned in the center of a growing health care sector that includes a regional medical center, the College is well positioned to provide education and workforce training for future allied health practitioners and working professionals. Most of the Moreno Valley College Main Campus buildings were constructed in the 1990’s and have many useful years remaining. Allocations from a $350 million local bond measure (2004) enabled MVC to: complete a relocation of its dental programs from an offsite location to a new Dental Education Building on campus, establish a new Student Academic Services Building (SAS), and a new Network Operations Center (NOC). A re-purposing of the Student Services Building will be underway soon. MVC’s Comprehensive Master Plan identifies new campus facilities that will provide additional instructional space to address the current and projected growth in enrollment and create spaces that accommodate programs that promote health and wellness, support a collaborative and collegial work environment, and replace temporary facilities. The planned facilities include: Library Learning Center, Science Building, Instructional Building, Center for Human performance + Kinesiology, Warehouse, and Parking Structure.
Moreno Valley, a rapidly growing city with a diverse population of nearly 200,000 residents is located approximately 66 miles east of Los Angeles and is shadowed by the spectacular San Bernardino Mountains. Moreno Valley has become the residential hub for the rapidly expanding Inland Southern California region, and is the second largest city in Riverside County. The City’s motto is “People, Pride, Progress.” Moreno Valley’s strong population growth has given it a large retail and service sector. The City’s economy also features a growing industrial sector as well as an expanding medical community that is flourishing around Riverside University Health System and the Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center. March Air Reserve Base is located adjacent to the City. Moreno Valley’s demographic information reveals a solidly middle class growing community with a diverse population of young families living in a safe and prosperous environment. Residents are served by two school districts; in addition to Moreno Valley College, the campus of UC Riverside is minutes away as are several excellent private universities.
The Successful Candidate
The successful candidate for the Moreno Valley College presidency will have an outstanding record of academic leadership, business acumen, and strong advocacy for the College and the students it serves. Finalists will have demonstrated in their previous positions effective communication, an understanding of collaboration and participatory governance processes, and the integrity, vision, passion, discipline, and skills to advance MVC in pursuit of its mission. The new president will have a proven record of guiding and advancing his or her institution while successfully dealing with the challenges and opportunities associated with a complex educational system in terms of accreditation, funding, program innovation and development, intra-district collaboration, governance, growth, community relations, and fundraising. The new president will also understand career pathways in career and technical education including allied health and public safety professions. Candidates must also bring effective experience in building partnerships with local K-12 districts, universities, and community workforce development initiatives that increase access to college and result in student success.
Opportunities and Challenges
The president of Moreno Valley College will advocate for and articulate MVC’s position as one of three independently accredited institutions within the District. The president shall maintain the traditions of the College while working with the college community to shape the future of the institution.
The president shall work:
- To provide leadership and effectively work within a participatory governance environment.
- To further strengthen the College’s involvement and positive ties to the community.
- To maintain high academic, student success, and strategic planning standards for continued accreditation of the institution.
- To address the needs of the College, as defined in the facilities master plan in a manner that meets the unique needs of a comprehensive, historical campus committed to principles of sustainability.
- To identify new sources of private and public funding to advance the institution.
- To recruit and retain a qualified, diverse full-time and part-time faculty and staff
- To foster a strong sense of team and a culture of care, through professional development and growth opportunities for faculty and staff
- To support student equity and success programs which address the needs of a growing population of basic skills and re-entry students.
Expected Qualities and Characteristics
Competitive candidates will possess personal and professional characteristics and experiences consistent with the following profile. MVC’s next president should have a/an:
- Strong academic background and a commitment to utilizing data to enhance educational quality, student services, and student success.
- Ability to initiate and implement a campus strategic plan that maintains active oversight of the College’s operational and investment budgets.
- Aptitude for developing partnerships with business, industry, K-12, and institutions of higher education across the region.
- Experience in maintaining collaborative relationships while working with collective bargaining units. Relevant experience in negotiating and administering union contracts.
- Temperament to effectively advocate for the College within a multi-college environment, while supporting the shared mission of the District and its three colleges.
- Experience in promoting equitable and fair treatment across a diverse and multi-cultural institution; a proven commitment to shared governance.
- Success in addressing the needs of transfer, career technical, and basic skills programs.
- Demonstrated enthusiasm and success in fundraising and major gift solicitation.
- Demonstrated commitment to understanding and celebrating the inclusivity of the diverse populations served by the College.
- Accessible leadership style, visible within the College and throughout the community.
- Commitment to the institution’s academic, student, and community traditions.
- Understanding of the value of cross-cultural programs for community college students.
- Commitment to ethical conduct, transparency, and institutional democracy.
- Masters required. An earned doctorate from an accredited institution of education preferred. (All degrees are required to be from an accredited institution.)
- Relevant financial and organizational management experience. Senior administrative experience in progressively responsible positions. Teaching experience in higher education.
This recruitment is open until filled; initial review of applications will begin on April 5, 2017