Dr. Doris P. Givens
Dr. Doris P. Givens brought a wealth of experience to becoming only the fifth president in the history of Kansas City Kansas Community College.
The first female president and first African American president in the state of Kansas, Dr. Givens has 35 years of community college experience including ten years as a college president, 1½ years as Provost-CEO, 13 years as a full-time, tenured faculty member and seven years of program development and implementation.
She also has a history of professional growth in levels of leadership and responsibility; membership on boards and committees at the local and state levels; facilitation of motivational, leadership and conflict resolution workshops; and volunteer work with local agencies and churches.
Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Dr. Givens earned an A.A. from Grossmont College in 1975 and a B.A. from San Diego State University in 1977, both in Speech Communication. She also earned a Masters’ in Counselor Education from San Diego State in 1978; added a Graduate Internship at Tomball Community College in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership and Public Affairs from the University of Texas in Austin in 1999.
Dr. Given began her career in education as a fulltime, tenured instructor at San Diego City College for 13 years where she taught a broad spectrum of courses in the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Counseling and Black Studies before beginning a career in community college administration that took her to the following positions:
1992-2000 – Dean of Human Arts and Sciences, Palomar College, San Marcos, Calif. Supervised five department chairs and two program directors in a division that included 13 different instructional disciplines and programs within six instructional departments.
2000-03 – President, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Wash. Navigated through difficult financial times and a deficit position and no reserves to a position with reserves of $200,000 while the State was assessing across the board cuts of annual operating budgets each year.
2003-05 – Interim President, Los Angeles City College. The flagship of the nine public two-year colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District, Dr. Givens provided oversight and direction for a $200 million building.
2005-06 – Interim President, West Los Angeles College, Culver City, Calif. Provided oversight and direction of a $178 million building renovation and replacement project.
2006-08 – Interim Provost/CEO, El Camino College Compton Community Education Center, Compton, Calif. Student population grew from zero at the beginning of the 2006 Fall Semester to nearly 2,000 full-time equivalent students in the Spring of 2008.
2008-11 – Vice Chancellor, Educational Services, Kern Community College District, Bakersfield, Calif. Revamped, reorganized, staffed and collaboratively developed new goals and director for career and Technical Education in one of the largest community college districts in the U.S.
2011-Present – President of Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS
Her efforts in program development have been highlighted by negotiating the first community college articulation agreement with the U.S. Navy designed to train active duty personnel at Spokane Community College; coordinating a collaborative effort for retention of first-time college students at Palomar College; the development of a pilot retention program designed to meet the diverse student populations at San Diego City College; and a Saturday Academy for low income, at risk students at Palomar.
A member of numerous educational and community boards, committees and organizations, Dr. Givens has received many honors. The recipient of the first R.C. Ola Brown Leadership Award from the Los Angeles Branch of the National Association of University Women, she’s also received the Teaching Excellence and Golden Apple awards been a recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship and League for Innovation Graduate Scholarship. In addition, Grossmont Community College, San Diego State University and the University of Texas-Austin have honored her as an Outstanding Graduate.