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.

Dr. Michael Vitale - Vice President Academic Affairs

Michael VitaleAfter graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Vitale enrolled in the Biology graduate program at the University of South Florida where he earned his Master’s in Zoology and Ph.D. in Biology. Upon completing his doctorate, Dr. Vitale began his academic career at what was then Daytona Beach Community College (now Daytona State College) teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Biology.

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Dr. Michael Vitale

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Northern Colorado, Dr. Vitale enrolled in the Biology graduate program at the University of South Florida where he earned his Master’s in Zoology and Ph.D. in Biology. Upon completing his doctorate, Dr. Vitale began his academic career at what was then Daytona Beach Community College (now Daytona State College) teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Biology. After several years in the classroom, he took a Coordinator position that combined teaching with some administrative duties. Two years later, he stepped into the Dean of Arts and Sciences position. In late 2010, Dr. Vitale moved into the interim position of Vice President. This change was necessitated when the President of the College resigned and was replaced on an interim basis by the Vice President.

Wanting to expand his experiences beyond a single institution and get closer to his family roots, Dr. Vitale moved to Kansas City to take the Vice President position at KCKCC. This has been a rejuvenating experience for Dr. Vitale. He is excited to be at KCKCC and looking forward to helping the College grow and improve its service to Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas.

Mr. Brian Bode - Vice President Administrative Services

Brian BodeRaised in Lyman, NE (population 430), attended University of Northern Colorado and then University of Nebraska – Kearney to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting.  Played baseball for the Lopers.  Graduated in 1977 and entered the US Army through the ROTC program.  Earned Masters of Science degree in 1982 from Troy State University, AL, while stationed in West Germany. 

Served 21 years active duty as a Finance Officer.  Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998.  Tours included Germany, Korea, West Point, the Pentagon, and Forts Riley and Leavenworth in Kansas, Bragg in North Carolina, Hood in Texas, and Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.  Traveled extensively during my career in Central America, Northern Africa, and the Pacific Rim.

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Mr. Brian Bode

Raised in Lyman, NE (population 430), attended University of Northern Colorado and then University of Nebraska – Kearney to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting.  Played baseball for the Lopers.  Graduated in 1977 and entered the US Army through the ROTC program.  Earned Masters of Science degree in 1982 from Troy State University, AL, while stationed in West Germany. 

Served 21 years active duty as a Finance Officer.  Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998.  Tours included Germany, Korea, West Point, the Pentagon, and Forts Riley and Leavenworth in Kansas, Bragg in North Carolina, Hood in Texas, and Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.  Traveled extensively during my career in Central America, Northern Africa, and the Pacific Rim. 

Married to Lori Trumbo Bode in 2012, living in Kansas City, Mo.  Father of 2 sons and Grandpa to Blake.  Justin is a biology teacher at Leavenworth High School and his wife Amber is a Manager of a food processing plant in Leavenworth.  Patrick is a software test engineer for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton Engineering in Kansas City, MO.

Upon retirement from the US Army, joined Sprint as a Financial Project Manager for the Sprint ION project.  Left Sprint in 2001 to become Comptroller, University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.  Left USM to become Dean of Finance and Administrative Services at KCKCC in April 2006.  Moved into current position as Vice President, Student and Administrative Services in July, 2011.

An avid hunter, I have hunted in Canada, Korea, West Germany, Turkey, Greece, and South Africa.  I have hunted in 22 different states.  I am a bad golfer but enjoy the company and the sights and sounds of outdoors.  Like to fish and have done so in every location around the world where I was living.

KCKCC Deans

Dr. Baz Abouelenein
Dean of Information Services
Information Services

Dr. Marvin Hunt
Dean of Business and Continuing Education
Business and Continuing Education

Dr. Edward Kremer
Dean of Math, Science and Computer Technology
Math, Science and Computer Technology

Dr. Jonathon R. Long
Dean of Student Services
Student Services

Dr. Denise McDowell
Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar
Enrollment Management and Registrar
Ms. Leota Marks
Dean of Academic Workforce Programs
Technical Education Center

Dr. Sangki Min
Dean of Institutional Services
Institutional Services

Mr. Cliff Smith
Dean of Technical Education
Technical Education Center

Dr. Cherilee Walker
Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Shirley Wendel
Dean of Allied Health and Nursing
Allied Health and Nursing

 


 

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