Dan Walden, PH.D.


Dr. Dan Walden is currently serving as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College (LACC) with a diverse background in teaching, research, and administration. He has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University. His experience in community colleges began as a student at Cerritos College where he received an A.A. His first community college employment was in a classified research position. He has served in the district at Los Angeles Southwest College for most of the past nine years as a dean. He has many years of direct administrative experience, of which almost six were as a Dean of Academic Affairs.

At one time or another, Dr. Walden supervised as many as seven academic departments spreading across 20 disciplines. In addition, he has supervised four learning labs, the matriculation and assessment office, the non-credit program, and the library. For the past four years, he served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at LASC, successfully leading the campus out of its probationary status in 2009 and, more recently, through its 2012 comprehensive self-study accreditation visit. In addition, he has served as the administrator charged with facilitating campus planning (including program review), facilitating the SLO process, and overseeing the Office of Institutional Research.

He has worked effectively with a wide range of racially and economically diverse peoples having lived and/or worked in Los Angeles County for over 30 years. He completed college courses in five degree programs specifically focusing on ethnic and culture diversity and has worked with academic programs over the past 12 years to improve effectiveness in serving under-prepared students coming from socio-economically depressed areas. His current goal is to build on his previous work in California community colleges to lead and enhance the academic affairs division and the LACC community in a way that will facilitate student learning and success. He states, “I am the kind of leader who seeks to nurture trust and communication and provide team-building leadership in planning and organizational learning. As such, I hope nurture the pursuit of excellence in higher education and service to the community.”