Presidential Search Candidates
(in alphabetical order)
Dr. Debra A. Derr
Dr. Derr began her community college career as an adult returning student over 30 years ago. Derr has served as a senior administrator in the states of Oregon and Wisconsin before assuming the presidency of North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in 2008. She has held positions at Clackamas Community College and Mt. Hood Community College working with students with disabilities, advising and counseling students, teaching psychology and student development courses, and administering student affairs programs always with a focus on student success.
Before coming to NIACC, Dr. Derr served as Vice President for Learner Success at Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin and Vice President for Student Development and Services at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. She has held numerous leadership positions both nationally and on a statewide basis to include President of the National Council on Student Development. While a Senior Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she lectured regularly on technical and community college governance issues. Derr is currently a member of the AACC Commission on Communications and Marketing and the AACC Presidents' Academy Executive Committee. She is a member of the 21st Century Commission on Community Colleges Committee on Community College/K-12 Collaboration for College Readiness and the board of the Association of College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. In Iowa, Derr sits on the Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Board, the Iowa Innovations Council, the Iowa Coordinating Council for Post High School Education, the Senior-Year Plus Advisory Committee and is president-elect of the Iowa Community College Presidents' Association. Locally, Derr is president of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation and serves as a member of the Mason City Blue Zones Project Power of 9.
The breadth of Dr. Derr's experience includes championing continuous quality improvement efforts, strategic and enrollment management planning, local and statewide diversity efforts, workforce and economic development initiatives, faculty innovation, and numerous strategies in support of academic preparedness and student success and completion.
Derr is proud of the recognitions NIACC has received during her presidency to include: ranking 14th in the nation for student completion by College Measures(2012); being identified by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 120 community colleges for student success and completion (2012); successful passage of a ten year instructional equipment levy (2010); ranking 16th in the nation for community college endowments (2010); receiving the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship Innovation Award (2010); and being recognized as a MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award winner (2010).
Dr. Derr holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Linfield College (OR), a M.S. in Counseling from Portland State University (OR), and an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership/Higher Education Administration from Oregon State University.
Jacob Ng, Ed.D
Dr. Jacob Ng has demonstrated 28 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in the California Community College System. He currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of Student Services at Peralta Community College District (PCCD) to enhance student access, equity and success. Dr. Ng is a global and innovative leader in creating distinctive programs to enhance teaching and student learning. He is also a transformational and developmental leader skilled in advancing the institutional mission, locally, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ng began his educational career at Ventura College in California as a faculty in 1985 and obtained his tenured faculty position at Laney College in 1989, which is one of the four colleges at PCCD. For the past 17 years, he has consistently advanced in the following administrative positions at PCCD: Chair of Counseling Department, Dean of Student Services, Director of International Education, Associate Vice Chancellor of International Affairs, Distance and Community Education, and Vice Chancellor of Student Services. Overall, he has 9 years of community college teaching experience at Ventura College and Laney College, and 4 years as an adjunct faculty at Argosy University in their Doctoral Educational and Organizational Leadership programs. In addition, he has 8 years of full-time counseling faculty experience at Laney College. Further, he has extensive leadership experience in management and supervision, fiscal control, accreditation, enrollment management, facilities bond implementation, workforce and economic development, community development, K-12 partnerships, and building consensus and trust among all constituency groups.
As an educational leader in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 24 years, Dr. Ng has worked to promote a culture of multiculturalism to better serve the diverse student population in the Bay Area. He was the keynote speaker for 2 years at the South African Higher Education Convention in Johannesburg and established partnerships with the South African Minister of Education and Social Services. He also represented the state of California in signing an agreement with Western Cape, South Africa, for a sister state agreement to promote education between California and South Africa. He was also instrumental in establishing a public library in Ethiopia for its community.
While serving as a faculty at Laney College, he founded and spearheaded a number of programs for PCCD, such as the Faculty Diversity Internship Program and the Asian Pacific American Leadership Project for at-risk students, which became the state models and received state and national recognition. Further, he founded the International and Distance Education Programs at PCCD to internationalize the colleges and enhance student diversity and learning. At Laney College, he was featured in the Washington D.C. Times and Innovation magazine for his innovative ideas and special projects that focused on student leadership and student success. In addition to this recognition, he wrote a chapter titled "Campus Politics and the Challenges of International Education" for the book New Directions for Community Colleges, which was published by Jossey-Bass Publishers in July 2007.
Dr. Ng has successfully established distance education partnerships with overseas institutions. He also developed special articulation agreements and programs with UC and CSU systems, Alameda and Oakland unified school districts, and partnerships with other business organizations and state agencies. Through his leadership with the Bay Area World Trade and Alameda County Small Business Development Centers he has successfully promoted workforce and economic development and expanded internship opportunities and mentoring programs with local and international business leaders for students to become competent learners in the global marketplace.
The City of Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan, proclaimed May 17, 2012 as "Dr. Jacob Ng Day" to recognize the success and founding of International Affairs and Distance Education and its efforts to advance the economic development of PCCD and the City of Oakland. Dr. Ng received his Doctorate Degree in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University, Oregon, in 2007, M.S. in Counseling/Clinical Psychology from Cal Lutheran University, California, in 1989, and B.S. in Psychology from Evangel University, Missouri, in 1983 with Summa Cum Laude award.