2010 Accreditation Team Members

Dr. Jack Daniels III (Chair)Dr. Jack Daniels III, Accreditation Team Chair

Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles, CA


Dr. Jack Daniels is in his fifth year as President of Los Angeles Southwest College and is leading the college in initiatives that focus on enhancing a college-wide culture focusing on student success, community engagement, and continuous improvement. As an Achieving the Dream college, LASC is transforming itself and how it serves students based on a process that gathers and analyzes data, creates interventions based on the data, and engages in active assessment of the interventions implemented. Dr. Daniels is in his thirteenth year as a community college president, having also served as a president in Texas and Illinois. Prior to becoming a president, Dr. Daniels was a faculty member at Laney College, Assistant Dean of Math, Science and Physical Education at the College of Alameda, Director of Educational Development at the Peralta Community College District, and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Grossmont College.

Ms. Blanca E. Barajas (Assistant)Ms. Blanca E. Barajas, Assistant

SFP Specialist, CalWORKS
Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles, CA


Blanca Barajas is a Program Specialist for the CalWORKs Program at Los Angeles Southwest College, one of the nine colleges comprising the Los Angeles Community College District. She began her career in the California Community College system as a student and student worker at LASC. She received her B.A. in Social Sciences from U.C. Irvine in 2004. She currently serves on the Accreditation Steering Committee of Los Angeles Southwest College and has assisted the college’s ALO during the last two accreditation site visits to the college.





Dr. Timothy BrownDr. Timothy Brown

Associate Professor, Reading Chair
Riverside City College
Riverside, CA


Dr. Brown is Chair of English and Speech Communication at Riverside City College. Dr. Brown also has taught part-time in the Graduate School of Education at the California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Brown was one of the pioneers in developing basic skills courses for on-line delivery. His Critical Reading Skills course at RCC was among the first remedial courses in reading to be developed and delivered completely on-line. He has developed the Diagnostic-Prescriptive Teaching of Reading for on-line delivery at CSUF as well. Dr. Brown received his Ed.D. in 1996 from Pepperdine University.  He co-authored the popular MyReadingLab available from Pearson Prentice Hall and authored the 4th edition Prentice Hall Textbook Reader. Dr. Brown is currently working on the Content Area Reader's Handbook for Pearson Publishers.

Dr. Kerry Compton Dr. Kerry Compton

Vice President of Student Services
College of Alameda
Alameda, CA


Kerry Compton, Ed.D., is Vice President of Student Services at College of Alameda, one of the Peralta colleges. She began her career in the California Community College system twenty-five years ago as a counseling faculty member at Merritt College. She served as DSPS Coordinator, EOPS Director, and Dean of Students before becoming the Vice President of Student Services ten years ago at College of Alameda. She has served on two other accreditation teams.

Dr. James FayDr. James Fay

Vice President of Academic Affairs
Cerro Coso Community College
Ridgecrest, CA


Dr. James Fay is currently the academic vice president at Cerro Coso Community College. He was born in New York and moved to California in 1970. He has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Georgetown. After serving as an army intelligence officer in Germany, he earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He has been a professor, department chair, and dean at California State University, East Bay. He went on to become the founding dean at Harcourt Higher Education, in Boston, the first online college in New England, and subsequently served as academic vice president at the wholly online Ellis College, in Illinois. Jim has had a strong interest in online education since the 1990s. His latest article on the subject appeared in the Sacramento Bee on July 17, 2010.

During his years at Cal State, Jim developed, researched, and edited seven editions of the California Almanac. He worked in the California Governor’s Office, lobbied the California legislature on education and civil liberties issues, managed a presidential campaign in Northern California, and ran for Congress in 1996.

Dr. Andrew LaManqueDr. Andrew LaManque

Director, Institutional Research
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Los Altos Hills, CA


Dr. Andrew LaManque is Executive Director for Institutional Research and Planning for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FHDA) and Vice President of the Research and Planning Group for the California Community Colleges. He joined FHDA in 2002 as Supervisor for Institutional Research and Planning at De Anza College. Prior to joining FHDA, he served as Coordinator of Business and Finance Policy for the University of California's Office of the President; Senior Research Analyst in the Provost's Office at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Instruction at Mohawk Valley Community College in upstate New York. Andrew received his bachelor's degree in finance from SUNY Geneseo, master's degrees in Public-Sector Economics and in School Finance from SUNY Albany, and his Ph.D. in Education Policy, Politics, and Law, also from SUNY Albany.

Mr. Curt MitchellMr. Curt Mitchell

Vice President of Business Services
Norco College
Norco, CA


Curt Mitchell earned his Master of Business Administration degree from City University in 1991, his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Azusa-Pacific University in 1975, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Technology from Chapman University in 1980.

Before joining Norco College in 2009, Mr. Mitchell served eleven years in the California Community College system as Vice President of Administrative Services at Barstow Community College. He was also Interim President at Barstow in 2004-05. Mr. Mitchell's professional background comprises over twenty-five years' experience in management positions, including time with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition, he has teaching and coaching experience at both the community college and high school levels.

Mr. Jeffrey StephensonMr. Jeffrey Stephenson

American River College
Sacramento, CA


Jeffrey W. Stephenson is the coordinator of the Funeral Service Education Program at American River College in Sacramento. He has been with ARC for eight years and is currently serving as the chair of the curriculum committee. He has also been an equity representative on various hiring committees throughout the college. Jeff has his master's degree from Western Illinois University and his bachelor's degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is currently working on his doctorate degree from Capella University in Leadership in Higher Education.




Ms. M. Susan WhitenerMs. M. Susan Whitener

Associate Vice Chancellor of Educational Planning
West Hills Community College District
Coalinga, CA


Susan Whitener is the associate vice chancellor for educational planning at West Hills Community College District, serving Central California.  Her work for almost ten years at WHCCD has included distance education technology initiatives involving synchronous and asynchronous programming, faculty technology training, strategic planning, classroom and instructional media technologies, and related facilities planning. Ms. Whitener is also the district liaison for curriculum committees at the colleges. Formerly the associate director of the Academic Innovation Center at California State University, Fresno, Ms. Whitener has spent the last twenty years in higher education and the last thirteen years in distance education.