SCC Presidential Search | Finalists

Dr. Felicia Lorraine Ganther

Felicia Lorraine Ganther, Ph.D., J.D.

  • Dr. Ganther is currently serving as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Maricopa County Community College District.

  • She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Norfolk State University in Virginia.

  • Dr. Ganther also holds a Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.

  • She holds a Ph.D in Community Resources and Development from Arizona State University.
  • ​Dr. Ganther has extensive experience in Student Life, Crisis Management, Retention initiatives, Strategic Planning, Academic Quality Improvement and first-year student programs. Crafting meaningful and intentional programs in her current role has resulted in the development of Minority Male and Female programs, Foster Youth Outreach, expansion of Early College, Basic Needs/Food Insecurity Support, and Veteran Services. All of these programs were developed to support the recruitment and retention of African American, Latino, Native, and underserved students in the District.

  • ​Dr. Ganther has worked to improve and enhance services across the Maricopa Community College District through aligning all early college and outreach programs, facilitating the District’s Strategic Enrollment, and synergizing the student success initiatives under a district-wide effort. She facilitated the implementation of the Maricopa Community College’s new branding system, website realignment, and system-wide enrollment process. Dr. Ganther's work has been highlighted by national and local organizations for developing and scaling best practices.​

Dr. Pamela Ralston  

Pamela Ralston, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Ralston is the Executive Vice President of Educational Programs at Santa Barbara City College since 2018, where she leads the academic and student services programs.

  • Dr. Ralston has her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon.
  • She holds both master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington in Comparative Literature.
  • She served eight years as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
  • Dr. Ralston served as Vice President for Student Learning at College of the Desert, in Palm Desert, CA, overseeing the academic affairs of the college.

  • Before moving into administration, Dr. Ralston was faculty member and division chair of English and Written Communications at Tacoma Community College where she taught composition, American Ethnic Literature and developmental studies in writing and reading.
  • She has earned excellence in teaching awards from both Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, and was honored with a Fulbright fellowship for doctoral research at the Royal Library and University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Dr. Brian Sanders  

Brian Sanders, Ed.D.

  • Dr. Sanders has served as the Vice President of Instruction for Columbia College since 2016.

  • He earned his Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences from UC Santa Barbara.

  • He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis.
  • He began his career as a part-time mathematics instructor at Modesto Junior College (MJC) and Skyline College. He was selected for a tenure-track mathematics faculty position the following year at MJC, and became the Dean of MJC’s Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Division in 2008.
  • Dr. Sanders represents Chief Instructional Officers (CIOs) on the Chancellor’s Office Fiscal Advisory Committee, providing insights on college-level impacts of statewide funding policies and the new Student Centered Funding Formula.
  • Currently the Treasurer for California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO), he is well regarded for his innovation, ​extensive knowledge of processes and regulations, and strong drive toward improvements for 
    community colleges and their students. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Sanders has participated in almost-weekly meetings between the CCCCIO and leaders from the Chancellor’s Office to navigate the dual imperatives of 
    effective distance education and to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the state’s community colleges. His efforts in these meetings have resulted in adjustments to state regulations and their interpretations to better support the
    state’s 116 colleges and the over two million highly diverse students they serve.​