July 8, 2009
Introduction to Dr. Donald Averill
Dr. Averill was appointed by the Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College CCCCD and the Board of Trustees to provide facilitation to the team working on the response to the ACCJC Commission sanction at Diablo Valley College. Included in his 47 years of extensive educational background, Dr. Averill has had extensive accreditation experience, including vast experience working on issues surrounding accreditation visits. His accreditation work is listed below followed by a more extensive review of his educational background.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES 31 Teams (Chaired 25)
WASC SCHOOLS VISITS 21 Teams (Chaired 13)
Don earned his Doctoral degree in Educational Management from the University of La Verne in 1982. He earned both his B.A. (1960) and M.A. (1965) from California State University, Los Angeles. He has been in the field of education for forty-seven years. He started as an adult education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and has progressed through teaching and administrative positions in secondary and community college educational institutions.
Don started in the community colleges in 1978 as Vice Chancellor Educational Services for the Coast Community College District. In 1985 he moved to the Glendale Community College District where he served as the Dean of Instruction for Vocational Education and guided their economic development efforts. Before leaving Glendale, Don became the Vice President Human Resources and Technology, transitioning educational computing with administrative computing.
In July of 1996, Dr. Averill became Superintendent/President of Palo Verde College. During his tenure, the District started construction on a new campus, expanded its service area to include the community of Needles, California, initiated the Colorado River Educational Compact, created a Small Business Economic Development Center, revitalized the noncredit program, and pulled the District out of probationary status with the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges.
In July of 2000, Dr. Averill became the Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District. The Board and the Chancellor established goals to increase college enrollment, improve the transfer rate of high school students to higher education, increase the role of the community college in economic development, expand the educational and broadcast services of KVCR, and complete the seismic retrofit and building replacement at Valley College. During his tenure, the community saw progress toward all of these goals. Enrollment in the two colleges of the district increased by nine percent, the enrollment of high school students in higher education in the community increased by 45 percent, the campuses experienced an extensive building program with the passage of a $190 million local bond issue in 2001 and a $500 million bond issue in 2008, the Public Broadcast system (KVCR) has had renewed growth and is engaged in a $90 million capital campaign.
Please join me in Welcoming Don Averill to our campus. He will be here July 13-15 for initial visits.