2019 Superintendent/President Candidates Biographies and Photos
Dr. Gregg Busch
Dr. Gregg Busch serves as Vice President of Instruction and Guided Pathways at Pima Community College (an Hispanic-serving Institution) in Tucson, Arizona and as the State Team Lead for Complete College Arizona Consortium. He comes to Arizona having successfully led Complete College America Game Changers in Ohio over the last several years. He is a Content Expert for the CCA Game Changers and serves as a consultant on matters of student success, higher education, and implementation of the CCA Game Changers with The Busch Professional Group, LLC. He has spoken at state and national conferences on guided pathways and, in particular, has developed a successful model of collaborative intrusive advising for transfer students progressing along their academic maps and bridging a seamless journey from community colleges to baccalaureate institutions. In addition to serving as Pima Community College’s lead for implementing guided pathways, he is also responsible for the college’s dual enrollment. Again, Dr. Busch has focused on building seamless pathways utilizing the Game Changers beginning in high schools and shepherding the students on to the community college and ultimately into their four-year college or university program of choice. Prior to arriving at Pima Community College, he served as Dean of Liberal Arts and the Honors College where he also led articulation and transfer at North Central State College, Mansfield, Ohio, and as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Washington State Community College, Marietta, Ohio. He was a member of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors, the founding Director of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Honors College, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Philosophy, and Coordinator of International Education where he was thrice named Professor of the Year, twice the recipient of the Distinguished Professorship, and recipient of the NISOD National Award for Teaching and Leadership. He was named by Cambridge University as one of the top 2000 professors worldwide. He currently serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and holds a Master of Science Degree from West Virginia University, School of Medicine, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Administration with a focus on student success from West Virginia University.
His interest in community college student success is quite personal. He was a first-generation, low-income community college student hailing from the heart of Appalachia. As a high school student, he was told he “came from the wrong side of the track” and, because of his pedigree, “he was not college material” and his only hope was “to be an encyclopedia salesman.” His life changed the day he was welcomed by caring advisors at the local community college who told him “yes .. you can go to college!” Determination prevailed and he realized his piece of the American Dream by successfully completing a college education and owning and operating a business in the private sector for nearly twenty years. He served 22 years as a county medical examiner and was president of the county economic and and industrial development authority appointed by the county commission. Today, he is committed to paying it forward to students like himself and raise educational attainment through improving access and success for all students.
In his spare time, he enjoys just being Pap to his two grandchildren, Gregory (Max) and Harper, and contributing energy to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Mary Beth, a former community college vice president for workforce development and continuing education, and has two children, Nicholas, a tenured community college political science professor, and Emily Grace, who possesses a master’s degree in public administration
Dr. Robert Frost
Dr. Robert Frost has worked in community college education since 1989. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English, Rob studied in Mexico and taught in South America for three years. Frost received his Doctorate degree from University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Frost serves as the Dean of the John Adams Campus, Allied Health and Nursing at City College San Francisco (CCSF). Prior to CCSF, Rob was a Vice President of Academic and Student Services at multiple colleges, an Interim Superintendent/President for one year at College of the Siskiyous, and President of Centralia College in Western Washington state. In each role, Frost worked within teams that resolved accreditation sanctions, won state and federal grants and grew enrollments and instructional programming at each location. For 12 years he was a tenured community college professor of humanities and Spanish, teaching in classroom, lecture hall, and online settings.
Rob served four years as an elected Curriculum Committee Chair, and as an Accreditation Liaison Officer, chair of multiple college councils, and on integrated planning and budget committees. He has connected instruction and student services objectives that helped rural colleges improve enrollments and student success. Rob is an active trainer-facilitator in ACCCA and other college leadership development programs.
As a community college leader and scholar, Dr. Frost has published a dozen journal articles on community college topics. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Education Finance since 2007, in addition to other nonprofit and international boards.
Rob and Dr. LaDona Martin-Frost have been married 32 years and have two daughters.
Dr. Krista Johns
Dr. Krista Johns currently serves as a Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator for the State Chancellor’s Office, working with colleges in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area to strengthen effective practices and increase student success. She has more than 25 years of higher education experience, and has served as a faculty member, Director of Curriculum, Program Director, Academic Dean (English and Business), Vice President of Instruction, Interim College President, and Vice Chancellor in a multi-college district. She also worked as Vice President for policy and planning at WASC-ACCJC, the accrediting commission for community colleges.
Krista Johns has served in various leadership and public service capacities, including board member of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, member of the Contra Costa County (CA) small business loan committee of the Community Development Block Grant, co-chair of the Washoe County (NV) Child Protection Technical Working Group, and various California community college committees such as the statewide Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) Executive Committee.
Ms. Johns holds a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a B.A. Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She also completed a fellowship with the California Community College Leadership Development Institute at Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Nathaniel Jones III
In both his personal and professional life, Dr. Nathaniel Jones III has sought to work and be engaged in activities that benefit the lives of people. His professional career has spanned more than 29 years of which the past sixteen years have been spent working in higher education involved in administration, teaching, research, and consulting. Dr. Jones is currently the Vice President, Business Services at Moreno Valley College of the Riverside Community College District. He has held administrative and faculty positions at public and private higher education institutions including: University of California, Riverside, Pepperdine University, Dartmouth College, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Maryland.
Prior to coming to the academy, Dr. Jones worked as a hospital administrator for thirteen years. He has also worked as management and business consultant for Jones Consulting Incorporated. Dr. Jones has extensive experience in the areas of: financial management, faculty and student engagement, strategic planning, team-building, assessment, data-informed decision making, community engagement, program review and evaluation, and economic development. He earned a Ph.D. in Health Policy in 2002 from the University of Maryland after completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Jones is a thoughtful and creative leader who enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, and teaching Sunday-school to fourth graders.
Dr. Daren Otten
Dr. Daren Otten is currently the Interim Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Yuba College. Daren previously served as Dean of Applied Academics and Workforce Development, a unit with traditional CTE programs, but also home to departments of Allied Health, Public Safety, and Athletics. He is the college facilitator for both Guided Pathways and Strategic Enrollment Management efforts, the co-chair of College Council and Curriculum Committees, and the point person for nurturing and developing partnerships with community entities, including Beale Air Force Base, Enterprise Rancheria’s Hard Rock Casino, local municipalities, and educational organizations.
Prior to joining Yuba College, Daren served eleven years as faculty and vice-chair in the department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing at CSU, Chico. He was responsible for revamping an educational program, building a Patron’s Board, transfer student advising, and leading student outreach to diversify underrepresented populations.
In addition to higher education, Daren has significant private sector executive and technical experience in engineering and global manufacturing and has worked with small startups to fortune 500 companies. He has served on several regional workforce training and development boards, and as a North Far North CTE Voting Member led efforts in Strong Workforce Planning, Adult Education, and the streamlining of the Curriculum Process with partners from the statewide Academic Senate.
Daren has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and Manufacturing Management, a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering, both from CSU, Chico, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from CSU, Sacramento, and prides himself on working as a connector and communicator between educational institutions and the community, and truly appreciates and enjoys the relationship building that is required when working and living in smaller rural areas.
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