Dr. Jim R. Riggs


Jim Riggs is a Professor in the Doctoral Program. For 10 years, Dr. Riggs served as President of Columbia College (Yosemite Community College District). Dr. Riggs has an extensive background in higher education administration. Leadership posts include serving as Vice President of Education and Student Services, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois (1994-97); Executive Dean of Lake County Campus of Yuba College (1987-1994); and Associate Dean of Instruction/Extended Education, Merced, College (1986-87). Dr. Riggs also taught in the doctoral program in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of the Pacific (2007) and in the Community College Teaching Certificate Program at CSU Stanislaus (2002 - 2006). He taught courses in community college instruction, student services administration, and community college leadership seminar. Dr. Riggs obtained his doctorate in Community College Leadership and Curriculum from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Riggs recently served as the interim Superintendent /President at Glendale Community College from July 2012 through June 2013.

Contact Information

Building Location: Demergasso-Bava Hall 
See Building #21: Map

Office Location: DBH 353 - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-6789

E-mail: jriggs1@csustan.edu


Doctor of Education  Major in Higher Education with specializations in Community College Leadership and Curriculum.  University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Master of Arts   Major in Music with concentrations in Music Composition and College Teaching.  Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA.

Bachelor of Arts  Major in Music with concentrations in Music Theory and Composition.  Eastern Washington University.

Associate of Arts.  Wenatchee Valley College.  Wenatchee, WA.

Course Taught at CSU Stanislaus

EDEL 9005 Policy Design (EdD Program)
EDEL 9006 Applied Research and Data Driven Decision Making in Education (EdD Program)
EDEL 9007 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (EdD Program)
EDEL 9008 Development of Educational Partnerships (EdD Program)
EDEL 9009 Curriculum Design for Transformative Learning and Education (EdD Program)
EDEL 9070 Foundations of the Modern Community College
EDEL 9071 Leadership, Policy, and Organizational Governance in the Community College (EdD Program)
EDEL 9072 Institutional Planning, Assessment and Accountability in the Community College
EDEL 9073 Roles and Responsibilities of Community College Administrators
EDEL 9074 Adult Development and Learning in the Community College
EDEL 9990 Doctoral Dissertation
EDAD 5001 Community College Leadership Seminar (CC Leadership Program)
EDAD 5006 Community College Student and Instructional Services (CC Leadership Program)


Professional Experience

Interim Superintendent/ President - Glendale Community College, Glendale, California.  July 2012 through June 2013

Professor of Community College Education - Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
College of Education, Advanced Studies in Education, California State University - September 2008 - Present

Visiting Professor in Educational Leadership
College of Education, EdD. Program.  Sacramento State University.  February 2009 to the Present

Professor of Music, Humanities and Philosophy
Columbia College (Yosemite Community College District), Sonora, California. August 2007 to July 2008.

Columbia College (Yosemite Community College District), Sonora, California, 1997 to 2007.

Adjunct Professor and Curriculum Consultant in Advanced Studies in Education 
California State University - Stanislaus, Turlock, CA. Fall Semester 2002; Fall 2005 through Spring 2007. 
Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate Program.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education 
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.   2007-08

Vice President, Education and Student Services  
Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois.   1994 to 1997.

Executive Dean 
Lake County Campus of Yuba College, Clearlake, California.  1987 to 1994.

Associate Dean of Instruction Education 
Merced College in Merced, California. 1986 to 1987.

Director of Homer Campus and District Director of Adult and Continuing Education.  Kenai Peninsula Community College District, Homer and Soldotna, Alaska.  1982 to 1986. 

Academic Division Chairperson 
Wenatchee Valley College-North Campus in Omak, Washington.  1981 to 1982.

Instructor of Music and Humanities 
Wenatchee Valley College -North Campus. 1977 to 1982.

Music Director and Conductor 
Okanogan Valley Orchestra Association, Omak, WA. 1977 to 1982.

Graduate Teaching Fellow and Graduate Teaching Intern
Eastern Washington University Music Department. 1976 to 1977.

​Administrative and Teaching Credentials & Authorizations

Core Faculty Member Designation for Doctoral Program, CSU Stanislaus
Affiliate Faculty Member Designation for Doctoral Program, CSU Sacramento
Adjunct Faculty Appointment, University of the Pacific
Life-time Community College Supervisor Credential, California
Life-time Community College Teaching Credential in Music
Life-time Limited Services Community College Teaching Credential in Humanities
Equivalency in the Discipline of Philosophy, Columbia College
Phi Theta Kappa Certified Humanities Leadership Instructor
Appreciative Inquiry Leadership Training, Certificate of Completion

Selected Community and Professional Associations

  • Higher Education Consortium of Central California, Presidents Council (1997-2007).
  • Economic Development Corporation of Tuolumne County Past President, Board of Directors, Sonora, CA.
  • Rural Education Policy Roundtable, American Association of Community Colleges, Washington D.C.
  • California State University – Stanislaus, President’s Advisory Committee, Turlock, CA.
  • Central Sierra Arts Council Board of Directors, Sonora, CA
  • Sonora Community Hospital Advisory Committee, Sonora, CA.
  • City Hotel Non-Profit Corporation Board of Directors, Columbia, CA.
  • Columbia College Foundation Board of Directors, Sonora, CA.
  • Illinois Higher Education Articulation Initiative State-wide Planning Committee, Springfield IL.
  • Redbud Community Hospital, Board of Directors, Lake County, CA.
  • Merced Symphony Association, Board of Directors, Merced, CA.
  • Pratt Museum of Natural History, Board of Directors, Homer, AK. 
  • Lake County Small Business Development Center Board of Directors, Lake County, CA.
  • Leadership Merced, CA. and  Leadership Springfield, IL, Graduate.
  • Lake County Adult Education and Vocational Training Network, Founding Director.
  • KBBI Public Radio, Advisory Board Member, Homer, AK. 
  • Sierra Business Council, Member, Truckee, CA.
  • Membership in Rotary Clubs of  Sonora, CA.;  Middletown, CA.; Merced, CA.; and Homer, AK.
  • President of Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club, 2002-03 Sonora, CA.
  • Council for the Study of Community College, Member (CSCC).
  • Community College Humanities Association, Member (CCHA).
  • Community College General Education Association, Member (CCGEA).
  • Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA).

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Riggs, J. (2016)  Toward a new ecology of student success: Expanding and transforming learning opportunities throughout the community college.  Patricia Cross Papers, Monograph no 19. Phoenix, AZ.:  League of Innovation in the Community College.
  • Riggs, J. (2016).  Toward a New Ecology of Student Success: Expanding and Transforming Learning Opportunities Throughout the Community College.  Special Presentation at the 2016 Innovations Conference at the Leaque of Innovation in the Community College, Chicago, IL.
  • Riggs, J. (2015). Transforming the institution from the inside:  Creating the Brave New Community College of the future.  Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies 5 (1).
  • Riggs, J. & Bakhit, K. (2015).  Creating a Successful Leadership Academy: Building Capacity for the Future.  Presentation at the Fall 2015 Community College League of California Annual Conference.  San Francisco, CA.
  • Riggs, J. (In Press).  Responding to High Demand Workforce Training Needs, Expanding Enrollment and Maintaining Compliance with Instructional Program Requirements - A Complicated Juggling Act (Case Study).  In C. Navarez and L. Wood, Community College Leadership and Administration, 2nd Edition.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing. 
  • Riggs, J. (2015, Feb. 6). Time to put community back into Columbia College.   Guest Editorial.  Sonora Union Democrat, Sonora, CA.
  • Riggs, J. (2013).  When troubles keep getting worse: The missteps of two senior administrators in handling problems with the basketball coach.  In C. Nevarez, L. Wood & R. Penrose (Ed.s), Community College Leadership Administration: A Case Study Approach to Applying Theory to Practice. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing.
  • Glendale Community College Leadership Academy.  Director, January - June 2013.
  • Student Affairs Professional Development Conference.  Featured Presenter.  Topic: Leadership: Career Planning and Strategies in Today's Higher Education Environment, 2013.
  • Riggs, J. (2013). Can America’s Wasted Talent be Harnessed Through the Power of Internet Based Learning?  Educational Technology and Change Journal. ETCJournal Article - Riggs
  • Riggs, J. (2014).  Facilitating Student Success and Long-term Fiscal Stability.  In C. Nevarez & L. Wood, Ethical Leadership and the Community College:  Paradigms, Decision-Making and Praxis. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Riggs, J, & Moua, L. (2012). Navigating multiple worlds:  A qualitative study of the lived experiences of Hmong women leaders.  Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. 
  • Riggs, J. & Moua, L.  (March 2012).  Presentation and Paper accepted at the 4th International Conference on Hmong Studies.  Title of the Presentation and Paper: Navigating Multiple Worlds:  A Qualitative Study of the Lived Experience of Nine Hmong American Women Leaders. 
  • Young, S., Hall, E., Deaner, H. & Riggs, J. (2012).  Coherence in the general education experience through the Inclusion of physical education.  Journal of Modern Education Review.
  • Perspectives in Higher Education Forum.  Featured Panelist along with representatives from the California Legislative Analysts Office and California Legislature.  CSU, Stanislaus, October 2011. www.http://etcjournal.com/2013/11/14/can-americas-wasted-talent-be-harnessed...
  • Riggs, J. (2009).  Leadership for Tomorrow’s Community Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities. The Community College Enterprise Journal, 15(2), 1-12.
  • Riggs, J. (January 2008-April 2008).   The Effects of Globalization and Political Change on Musical Traditions from Around the World.   Featured presenter and host for a five part public lecture and film series focusing on selected endangered musical traditions from around the world. Columbia College Civic Engagement Series. 
  • Riggs, J. (September 2006).  The Role of Rural Community Colleges in Economic Development.  Featured Speaker and Host.  State and Local Elected Officials Roundtable Discussion and Educational Tour, Columbia College.
  • Riggs, J. (December 2005).  Quality Verses Quantity - Moving Toward an Optimal Size for Community Colleges. Featured Presenter and Host, for a one day symposium on alternative ways for community colleges to become fiscally strong and academically vital in a time of declining enrollments. Columbia College.
  • Riggs, J. (June 2005).  The Importance of Community Colleges in the Global Economy. Presentation to the Weber Point Alumni Club of the University of the Pacific.
  • Riggs, J. (August 2004 – November 2004).  Columbia College’s Facility Bond Measure – The Future of Higher Education in the Motherlode. Presentations to over 35 organizations in a three county region.
  • Riggs, J. (2004).  Forum for New Community College Presidents, Panelist, Community College League of CA.
  • Columbia College Facilities Master Plan, primary writer and facilitator.  November 2003-January 2004.
  • Riggs, J. (November 2002).  Issues and Perspectives on State and Local Water Resources Regional Forum.  Speaker and Host. 
  • Riggs, J. (April 2002).  Islamic World:  An Inside Perspective Community Forum.  Facilitator and Host.
  • Riggs, J. (March 2002).  A Mandate for the Future - An Excellence Initiative for Columbia College.  Presentation and Workshop for College District Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff Members on Changing Priorities for Community Colleges.
  • Riggs, J. (October 2001).  Fostering a Better Understanding of the Middle East Community Forum. Featured Speaker and Host, Columbia College, October 2001.
  • Riggs, J. (May 1998).  Welfare Reform and Success Through Education.  Featured Speaker at the YES Partnership Annual Conference on Rural Youth Services, Tuolumne County, CA.
  • Riggs, J., Eckel, D., & Scarbrough, J. (January 1998 and March 1996).   Students doing behavioral and social sciences using computers.  Conference Presentations at the Learning Communities in Higher Education Conference and  Lilly Conference on College Teaching.
  • Riggs, J. (1996). Education, Greatness and the Future of Our Country.  Featured Speaker at the City of Hillsboro, IL July 4th Celebration and Banquet, July 1996.  Published, July 1996, Hillsboro Journal News.
  • Riggs, J. (June 1996). Institutional Renewal: Taking advantage of current windows of opportunity to prepare your college for the future.  Conference Presentation at the 8th Annual National Summer Institute of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success, Consortium for Community College Development.
  • Lincoln Land Community College Academic Assessment Plan for the North Central Accreditation Association, primary writer and facilitator.  1995.
  • Riggs, J. (1995).  How to recruit full and part-time faculty and administrators.Presentation at the Fall 1995 Illinois Council of Community College Administrators State Conference on strategies for diversifying applicant pools. 
  • Riggs, J. (1995). Understanding and working with organizational and political influences when adapting general education programs to meet emerging needs.   Paper and workshop presented at 14th Annual Community College General Education Association National Conference.
  • Riggs, J. (1995).  Strengthening Teaching and Learning Through Shared Governance and Planning: The Role of an Academic Senate.  Presented a paper and conducted a faculty development workshop for over 100 participants, Lincoln Land Community College.
  • Riggs, J. (1994).  The Impact of Resource Allocation and Generation Practices in Shaping General Education at the Community College.   Community/Junior College Quarterly of Research and Practice , 18, 131-145.
  • Yuba College Lake County Campus Master Plan and Campus Review for the California Postsecondary Education Commission to establish official campus status, primary writer, 1990.   
  • Riggs, J. (1991).  General Education Assessment Project, an in-depth three year study and report presented to the Yuba College President regarding the organizational and fiscal impact of this curriculum.
  • Riggs, J. (1990).  Curriculum Development - A Three Part Model.  A paper and faculty workshop, Yuba College.
  • Riggs, J. (1990).  The Effects of AB 1725 of1978 on the Employment of Part-time Instructors. A paper presented at the California Directors and Deans of Off-Campus Centers and Campuses annual meeting.
  • Riggs, J. (1982, 1992).  Humanities in Everyday Life supplemental instructional document for introductory humanities courses funded through the Washington State Humanities Commission.
  • Riggs, J. (1988). Developing Humanities Courses for the Part-time Returning Adult Student,  Catalyst:  Journal of the Washington State Community College Humanities Association.
  • Riggs, J. (1992).  The Role of Resource Allotment and Generation Practices in Shaping General Education at the Community College, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Served on Accreditation Teams for Saddleback College, College of the Canyons, Porterville College and Copper Mountain College, 2002-2013.
  • Conducted several orchestral concerts from 1977-2004 with the Okanogan Valley Symphony and the Symphony of the Sierra.  Concerts featured numerous guest performers including two performers from the New York Metropolitan Opera and a wide variety of traditional and contemporary classical music.

Other Activities:

Guest speaker at numerous community and service organizations regarding the role of the community college in economic and social development, challenges of rural economic development, and business and education partnerships. I also served as a consultant for several projects in the communities where I have lived.

Honors and Awards

  • Character and Ethics Award, Glendale, CA.
  • Citizen of the Year, Tuolumne County (CA) Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ethics and Leadership Award, City of Glendale and County of Los Angeles.
  • Delta Epsilon Dissertation of the Year Award, University of Southern California, School of Education.
  • Individual Supporting the Arts Award, Allied Arts Council of North Central Washington.
  • Certified Leadership Instructor, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Fellow Award, Eastern Washington University.
  • Many awards, performances and commissions of original music compositions.