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Dr. Doris Givens - President

Doris Givens

Dr. Doris P. Givens brought a wealth of experience to becoming only the fifth president in the history of Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The first female president and first African American president in the state of Kansas, Dr. Givens has 35 years of community college experience including ten years as a college president, 1½ years as Provost-CEO, 13 years as a full-time, tenured faculty member and seven years of program development and implementation.

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Dr. Doris P. Givens

Dr. Doris P. Givens brought a wealth of experience to becoming only the fifth president in the history of Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The first female president and first African American president in the state of Kansas, Dr. Givens has 35 years of community college experience including ten years as a college president, 1½ years as Provost-CEO, 13 years as a full-time, tenured faculty member and seven years of program development and implementation.

She also has a history of professional growth in levels of leadership and responsibility; membership on boards and committees at the local and state levels; facilitation of motivational, leadership and conflict resolution workshops; and volunteer work with local agencies and churches.

Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Dr. Givens earned an A.A. from Grossmont College in 1975 and a B.A. from San Diego State University in 1977, both in Speech Communication. She also earned a Masters’ in Counselor Education from San Diego State in 1978; added a Graduate Internship at Tomball Community College in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership and Public Affairs from the University of Texas in Austin in 1999.

Dr. Given began her career in education as a fulltime, tenured instructor at San Diego City College for 13 years where she taught a broad spectrum of courses in the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Counseling and Black Studies before beginning a career in community college administration that took her to the following positions:

1992-2000 – Dean of Human Arts and Sciences, Palomar College, San Marcos, Calif. Supervised five department chairs and two program directors in a division that included 13 different instructional disciplines and programs within six instructional departments.

2000-03 – President, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Wash. Navigated through difficult financial times and a deficit position and no reserves to a position with reserves of $200,000 while the State was assessing across the board cuts of annual operating budgets each year.

2003-05 – Interim President, Los Angeles City College. The flagship of the nine public two-year colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District, Dr. Givens provided oversight and direction for a $200 million building.

2005-06 – Interim President, West Los Angeles College, Culver City, Calif. Provided oversight and direction of a $178 million building renovation and replacement project.

2006-08 – Interim Provost/CEO, El Camino College Compton Community Education Center, Compton, Calif. Student population grew from zero at the beginning of the 2006 Fall Semester to nearly 2,000 full-time equivalent students in the Spring of 2008.

2008-11 – Vice Chancellor, Educational Services, Kern Community College District, Bakersfield, Calif. Revamped, reorganized, staffed and collaboratively developed new goals and director for career and Technical Education in one of the largest community college districts in the U.S.

2011-Present – President of Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS

Her efforts in program development have been highlighted by negotiating the first community college articulation agreement with the U.S. Navy designed to train active duty personnel at Spokane Community College; coordinating a collaborative effort for retention of first-time college students at Palomar College; the development of a pilot retention program designed to meet the diverse student populations at San Diego City College; and a Saturday Academy for low income, at risk students at Palomar.

A member of numerous educational and community boards, committees and organizations, Dr. Givens has received many honors. The recipient of the first R.C. Ola Brown Leadership Award from the Los Angeles Branch of the National Association of University Women, she’s also received the Teaching Excellence and Golden Apple awards been a recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship and League for Innovation Graduate Scholarship. In addition, Grossmont Community College, San Diego State University and the University of Texas-Austin have honored her as an Outstanding Graduate.

President's Cabinet


Cherilee Walker, PhD – Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr.  Cherilee Walker is honored to serve as Interim Vice President for Academic Services at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC).  During her previous 6 years as a dean, she pioneered initiatives in student recruitment and retention, process management, community partnerships, and grant writing.  She was a member of the 2015 - 2016 inaugural cohort of the Kansas Community College Leadership Institute, participated in the ArtKC Leadership Series, and received a John Rouche Award for Excellence in 2015.

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Dr.  Cherilee Walker is honored to serve as Interim Vice President for Academic Services at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC).  During her previous 6 years as a dean, she pioneered initiatives in student recruitment and retention, process management, community partnerships, and grant writing.  She was a member of the 2015 - 2016 inaugural cohort of the Kansas Community College Leadership Institute, participated in the ArtKC Leadership Series, and received a John Rouche Award for Excellence in 2015.

Prior to her administrative appointment at KCKCC, Dr.  Walker was a respected music educator in Illinois and Oklahoma for 12 years.  Her research has been presented and published through the American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society, International Association for Jazz Education, and Music Educators National Conference.  Among her performing credits are appearances with Opera Illinois, Montreux Jazz Festival, and opening for artists such as The Four Lads, The Mills Brothers, John Hammond, Jr., and Willie Nelson.  Her compositions and arrangements are published with Cimarron Press, Really Good Music, and UNC Vocal Jazz Press.

A former active duty musician, Dr.  Walker has sung with NATO and United States Navy Bands in more than 35 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.  She continues to serve as an Army Reservist, with highlights including appearances with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, the national WW II memorial for VJ Day in 2010, and other high-profile events.

Dr. Susan J. Lindahl - Chief Financial and Operating Officer

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Susan J. Lindahl, PhD is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer, reporting to the President and the Board of Trustees. Dr. Lindahl's educational background includes both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (Spanish and Psychology) and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology both from the University of Kansas; and a PhD in Education from Walden University with a concentration in leadership. 

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Dr. Susan J. Lindahl

Dr. Lindahl is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute of the League for Innovation in the Community College.  In addition to executive leadership roles, Dr. Lindahl was a tenured faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at Baker University.

Dr. Lindahl serves as a certified mediator and as a facilitator for other college and university Boards for strategic planning, finance and evaluation. She is a peer and financial panel reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

She is involved with many professional and civic organizations and is a speaker, presenter, and consultant on community college and university issues. Dr. Lindahl’s works have been published by the Journal of Career Development, National Association for College and University Business Officers and the League for Innovation in the Community College. She recently coauthored a leadership book, "The Visionary Sheepdog." Dr. Lindahl is proud to be an Enrolled Member of the Choctaw Nation.

Dr. Baz Abouelenein - Chief Information Officer

Baz Abouelenein

Dr. Baz Abouelenein is an outcome-driven technology executive who leverages innovative, leading-edge technologies to ensure exceptional outcomes. He became the Dean of Information Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) in 2007. Prior to becoming the CIO, he served as the Director of Information Systems. He oversaw the design and implementation of the college’s data network and support services.

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Dr. Baz Abouelenein

As the CIO at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Dr. Abouelenein serves on the President’s Cabinet and has partnered with executive leadership, faculty, and stakeholders to continuously improve institutional effectiveness. He provides technology leadership, vision, and assistance to faculty, students, staff, and administrators to ensure collaborative, transformational environment where technology is utilized to its full potential. He is also currently an adjunct instructor at KCKCC, teaching courses in Computer Science. He also serves on a number of community and professional organizations.

In January of 2013, The Huffington Post recognized Dr. Abouelenein as one of the “Top 70 Social CIOs” globally. Shortly, thereafter, he was recognized by EdTech magazine as one of the “13 Most Social Higher Education CIOs on Twitter.” To date, he continues to make the list of top most social CIOs 

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KCKCC Deans

Dr. Delfina Wilson
Dean of Enrollment and Student Services 

Dr. Stephen Terry

Associate Dean Enrollment and Student Services

Dr. Sangki Min
Dean of Institutional Services
Institutional Services

Mr. Cliff Smith
Dean of Technical Education
Technical Education Center
Ms. Leota Marks
Dean of Academic Workforce Programs
Technical Education Center

Dr. Edward Kremer

Dean of Math, Science and Computer Technology
Math, Science and Computer Technology

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Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Tiffany Bohm
Dean of Allied Health & Nursing
Allied Health and Nursing

 


 

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