Laney College

Vice President of Instruction – Open Forum Interviews

Vice President of Instruction – Open Forum Interviews

Laney College faculty, classified staff, and students are invited to meet the candidates for the next Vice President of Instruction position.

Please join us in an open forum as the four candidates share their vision and goals for Laney.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 8

Location: Tower Administration Building, 8th floor, Room T-850.


Alanka Brown – 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Don Miller – 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Denise Richardson – 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Julianne Kirgis – 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.



Alanka P. Brown

Alanka P. Brown is the Associate Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. She has worked in the field of higher education for over 12 years where she has served in both teaching and administrative positions. Dr. Brown has expertise in transformational leadership and the design and implementation of student achievement systems. She also has a strong background in the facilitation of collective impact systems that establish and leverage collective work amongst the six key sectors of the community to further strengthen connections between colleges and communities.

Dr. Brown is a sought-after speaker on topics of college and career readiness, postsecondary attainment, workforce connections, and alternative pedagogical strategies. She has presented at numerous state, local, and national conferences and serves as an expert panelist on national foundation panels on topics of higher education reform and student success.

Prior to joining Frederick Community College, Dr. Brown was a district administrator at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida where she was responsible for leading the college in implementing large-scale innovative initiatives to improve student success and completion. Dr. Brown’s work was done in partnership with national educational foundations and nonprofit organizations such as the Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, Complete College America, Achieving the Dream, the Aspen Institute, and Jobs for the Future. Dr. Brown has also served in academic leadership roles at other institutions in Florida and New York.

Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Florida A&M University, a Master of Arts in International Affairs/International Political Economy from Florida State University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Nova Southeastern University Huizenga College of Business, and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education. She also holds a graduate certificate in Education Law & Policy from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Board Law Center, and a second graduate certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell University’s College of Engineering.


Don Miller

Dr. Don Miller currently serves as Interim Vice President of Academic Services at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA.  Prior to his current position, he spent three years at LPC as Dean of Academic Services for the Division of Arts and Humanities as well as learning communities (Umoja, Puente, etc.).

His LPC assignments previously included areas in the Social Sciences, the Library, Reading and Writing Center, and as an administrator assigned to construction/building remodel projects.  He recently served on an ACCJC accreditation team, and has also carried out program review college site visits.

He spent 8.5 years as chair of large, multicultural, multilingual departments of modern and classical languages at private and public universities, including CSU, Chico.  Dr. Miller spent 20 years as an instructional faculty member in Spanish programs teaching Spanish courses in introductory and intermediate language (years one and two), grammar, speech and debate, social justice (human and civil rights in the Spanish-speaking world), etc.

He has directed college Spanish theatrical productions and has led credit-bearing academic programs to Mexico and Cuba.


Julianne Kirgis

Julianne Kirgis currently serves as dean for Humanities & Social Sciences at Laney College. Prior to coming to Laney she served as dean for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at North Seattle College in Seattle, Washington.

Julie has worked in education administration for over ten years at the K12 level, in informal education settings and in higher education. Julie holds a PhD in Sociology of Education and has taught Sociology both as a part time instructor in community colleges and as a visiting assistant professor at Pacific Lutheran University.



Denise Richardson

Denise Richardson is the Dean of Math and Sciences at Laney College in Oakland, California.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with minors in Business Administration and Music from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.  Her two master’s degrees are in Political Science from San Francisco State University, and in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

She is currently in the second year of her EdD program in Educational Leadership, also at Mills College.  Prior to becoming dean in August of 2013 Denise taught political science for 12 years.  She began her career at Laney College through the Diversity Internship Program.  After teaching part-time for three years at Laney College and College of Alameda she was hired to teach at Laney full-time.

During her faculty career Denise was honored to serve in a number of leadership roles on campus.  Some of those positions include; Social Sciences Department Chair, Co-Chair of the Accreditation Follow-up Report Task Force, Tenure Facilitator, Vice President of the Faculty Senate and President of the Faculty Senate.