Sierra Nevada College hires new president
The Board of Trustees of Sierra Nevada College has announced the appointment of Dr. Alan G. Walker as the next president of the college. He begins his duties Sept. 21.
Walker has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including eight years as the president of Upper Iowa University, a private, independent, non-profit institution.
His experience includes strategic planning, enrollment management, financial management and strategic resource allocation, curriculum development, and delivery system design.
“I feel very fortunate to be in higher education and go to work every day doing something I love,” Walker said. “I’m looking forward to joining a campus community that emphasizes face-to-face interaction with students, because at the end of the day, it is all about the student experience.”
Walker’s selection follows an eight-month nationwide search facilitated by the executive placement firm AGB Search. The search committee was composed of college trustees, faculty and staff and chaired by Trustee Dave Collins.
“I applaud Dave Collins and the members of the search committee for their diligence and hard work throughout a long and careful process that brought us over 100 highly qualified candidates,” said Atam Lalchandani, the college’s board chairman. “He is well prepared to champion the unique learning environment at SNC Tahoe that we all value so much – an environment that prepares our students to be positive contributors to society after graduation.”
The committee received almost three times the expected number of applications for the position, a response attributed to the college’s potential, the overall attractiveness of the community and its location at Lake Tahoe, college officials wrote in a statement.
“The ability to select a new president from such a large, diverse and rich field of candidates allowed us to find a person that is the right fit for the college and the community,” Collins said.
During Walker’s eight years as president of Upper Iowa University, the institution added 11 new majors, doubled the number of full-time faculty, completed nearly $70 million in new, LEED-certified capital construction, and increased principal campus enrollment by 48 percent.
Most recently, he served as interim provost at Shawnee State University in Ohio, where he was responsible for a $25 million budget.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Walker served as the vice provost for Extended University Programs at Western Michigan University; director of the Fire and Emergency Training Institute at Louisiana State University; director of Fire Service Training in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Kansas; and director of Fire Service Training at the Idaho State Division of Vocational Education. Dr. Walker holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy Administration from the University of Kansas, and both an M.Ed. in Vocational/Adult Education and a B.S. in Trade and Industrial Technical Education from the University of Idaho.
Walker and his wife Debbie are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy cycling, skiing, camping, backpacking and sailing; they are excited to become part of the active lifestyle at Lake Tahoe.
Debbie grew up in Washington and Alan has family in Idaho; they both look forward to being close to friends and family in the western region. They have one daughter, Emily, who is a junior in college.
Walker will assume the presidency of the only private college in Nevada, with approximately 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to its Incline Village campus, the college also has locations in Reno and Las Vegas/Henderson.