shinesbannerSkyline College is in the final stages of hiring a new Vice President of Instruction (VPI). As part of the College’s hiring process, we have invited the two finalist candidates to participate in an open forum where they will be able to present their vision for college.

This forum is also a chance for you to pose any questions, comments or concerns you may have to the VPI finalists. Below, you’ll find event details and a brief bio of each of the candidates. We look forward to seeing you at the forum and hearing from you.

Please fill out this online survey if you have any questions or concerns about the open forums.

Student Open Forum Details:

Days: Wednesday, March 1 (Ken Sherwood) and Thursday, March 2 (Mary Gutierrez)

Times: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Location: Bldg. 6, Rm. 6-202

Public Open Forum Details:

Days: Wednesday, March 1 (Ken Sherwood) and Thursday, March 2 (Mary Gutierrez)

Times: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Location: Bldg. 6, Rm. 6-202

VPI Finalist Biographies:

ken sherwoodKEN SHERWOOD

Ken Sherwood became Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning at Oxnard College in July of 2015 after serving two and one-half years as Dean of the Liberal Studies Division. Prior to his tenure at Oxnard College he was the Ralph Bunche Distinguished Professor of Speech Communication at Los Angeles City College where he was also Director of LACC’s nationally ranked Debate program.

From 2007-2011, Sherwood served as President of the LACC Academic Senate and spent two years as director of the LACC Honors Program. From 2011 until his departure in December of 2012, he served as coordinator for LACC’s participation in Achieving the Dream (a national student success initiative) and faculty chair of LACC’s Accreditation Team. Prior to joining the faculty at LACC, he taught Public Speaking and Argumentation at various colleges including Mt. San Antonio College, East Los Angeles College, Cerritos College, Pasadena City College, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Los Angeles, Occidental College and Miami University (OH).

Ken currently serves on the boards of three non-profit organizations (Ventura County Leadership Academy, HOBY CA, Teatro de las Americas) and is Chair of the Ventura County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission.

Ken earned his B.S. in Organizational Communication from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, and his M.A. in Speech Communication from Miami University (OH).

mary gutierrezMARY GUTIERREZ

Mary Gutierrez has served as the Dean of Language Arts at Skyline College since 2012. During that time, she has provided student-centered leadership to the Language Arts division, the English Language Institute, and the Middle College.

As lead administrator for fifteen learning communities, Mary has collaborated with faculty, staff, deans and directors to scale learning communities and advance their effectiveness. And as Skyline College’s administrator for the Adult Education Block Grant, Mary has built and extended relationships with adult school faculty, administrators, and college faculty to create bridge programs that align Skyline College and feeder adult schools.

Mary has 18 years of college teaching experience, having chaired the English department and served as chair of Academic Programs and Policies, the committee responsible for oversight of curriculum, academic programs, program assessment, and academic policies. In that role, she led development of program review and revision of the general education core. As the Associate Dean of Student Learning at Cascadia College, Mary conducted part-time hiring and faculty support for all academic departments in the college.

Mary earned a BA in English Education and an MA in English from Virginia Tech. She will complete an Ed.D. at SFSU in Educational Leadership in August 2018.