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Human Resources

    Presidential Search - Fall 2023
          Modesto Junior College

             Modesto, California


Following a national search, the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Henry Yong are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Brian Sanders as the next Modesto Junior College President. Sanders’ appointment is pending final approval of his employment contract, to be considered at the next Board of Trustees meeting on January 10, 2024. 

YCCD Press Release No. 23-12 - Brian Sanders chosen to be MJC President


The search committee selected four finalists for the position of Modesto Junior College President. The campus community and public were invited to meet the finalists at open forums scheduled on Monday, November 27th (please see below for the schedule and live stream link/video recording). The forums were held in the YCCD Board Room for in-person attendance with a video stream option for each finalist.

YCCD Press Release No. 23-11– 4 finalists identified in search for next MJC President


The Yosemite Community College District Chancellor and the Presidential Search Committee invite nominations and expressions of interest for the position of President of Modesto Junior College.
The President of Modesto Junior College is responsible for and directs the operation of the institution through subordinate instructional and operational administrators. The President has full authority to administer and manage the College and participates in policy and operational decisions of the District.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Seven (7) years senior leadership experience at a post-secondary institution including program development, evaluation and outcomes assessment experience
  • Five (5) years proven successful leadership experience in educational planning, fiscal management, personnel relations and community relations
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity
  • Senior level administrative experience overseeing instruction, counseling and/or faculty experience at a post-secondary institution
  • Highly effective written communication skills and interpersonal skills


Application Deadline is Friday, October 13, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Please apply through the District's Online Portal no later than Friday, October 13, 2023. Please include the following in your application:

  • Letter expressing interest in the opportunity and how your background matches position requirements (not to exceed six pages)
  • Resume
  • Contact information for a range of professional references (eight minimum) to include direct telephone number and email:
    • Two Supervisors
    • Two Subordinates (who report(ed) directly to the applicant)
    • Two Faculty Leaders
    • Two Community Members
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Modesto Junior College and Yosemite Community College District are EEO/AA institutions and equal opportunity employers of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


MJC President Position Announcement

MJC Final President Position Profile

MJC President Brochure


Monday, September 11th through Friday, October 13th, 2023
Advertising and Recruitment Efforts. October 13th is the deadline for receipt of all requested application materials of interested persons. Materials received after this date cannot be guaranteed full consideration by the Search Committee. 

Mid October 2023
Selection of semifinal candidates to be interviewed by the Search Committee.  This is a confidential search process and the identities of those who are interviewed at this time remain confidential.

Monday, November 13th, and Tuesday, November 14th, 2023
Semifinal Candidate Interviews will be held in-person by the Search Committee. 

Monday, November 27th, 2023
Final Candidate Interviews. Final Candidates visit the College and participate in a variety of activities inclusive of a Public Forum. Only the identities of Final Candidates will be made public.

Early December 2023
Final Candidate(s) moving forward in the process will have an opportunity to meet in-person with the Governing Board.
Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts no meet and greet will be held.

December 13, 2023
Board meeting; Successful Candidate recommended, appointed and announced as appropriate. 

January 1, 2024
Desired start of Successful Candidate.


Role of the Search Committee?

The Search Committee’s role includes assistance in identifying and encouraging candidates to apply for the position. The Committee selects Semifinal Candidates. The Committee develops Semifinal Candidate interview questions and interviews Semifinalists. The Chancellor of Yosemite Community College District has ultimate hiring authority for the President of Modesto Junior College and negotiates the Successful Candidate’s employment contract.

Search Committee Composition?

The Search Committee composition includes those who represent various constituencies of Modesto Junior College and the Yosemite Community College District, including community members. Every possible effort has been made to make sure that the Committee accurately reflects the College community at large.

What will the Search Committee do to ensure a diverse candidate pool?

Yosemite Community College District is committed to identifying a diverse pool of candidates.Yosemite Community College District has a rich diversity network, has experience and a strong track record recruiting diverse candidates, and will provide critical access for any successful diversity recruitment effort.

How does someone apply for the position?

The soft application deadline is October 13, 2023. View the Position Profile, then follow the instructions in the Announcement, which discusses all required application information.

How will we know how the search is progressing?

This is a confidential search process. Confidentiality ensures the integrity of the search and provides the District the greatest flexibility in attracting the widest range of qualified candidates for the position. Please refer periodically to the Yosemite Community College District/Modesto Junior College website for any updates.

The work of the Search Committee is also confidential and Search Committee members will not be able to share with you details of their meetings and discussions, but will respectfully refer you to this website.

All media inquiries should be directed to: 

Kimberly Gibbs

Graciela Molina

Jeanette Fontana

What opportunities will there be to provide feedback on Final Candidates?

Final Candidate interviews will include a variety of activities and meetings with various constituent groups, including a Public Forum. Feedback Forms will be available and this feedback will be forwarded to the appropriate individuals.

Where is the position being advertised?

The Chronicle of Higher Education – online version only
Inside Higher Ed
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
ACCCA - Association of California Community College Administrators
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
CCC Registry
YCCD website
Modesto Junior College website


The Committee will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status when making screening or selection decisions.

It is the policy of Modesto Junior College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its educational programs and its employment practices.

The Yosemite Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  It is the policy of Yosemite Community College District (Modesto Junior College and Columbia College) not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its educational programs and its employment practices.

YCCD BP 3410 Nondiscrimination can be found at: 


Committee Members are responsible and accountable for their personal and professional actions as they carry out their search committee assignments. 

Information pertaining to the employee selection process is confidential. Discussion of committee deliberations and determinations with anyone other than fellow committee members and authorized administrators is considered professionally unethical. It is recommended that you refer applicant or media inquiries regarding employment processes to the Search Liaison listed below.


Committee members should present any relationship/knowledge of an applicant to the committee for complete disclosure. If by virtue of a current or former friendship or other association with an applicant, a committee member cannot consider all applicants fairly and impartially, the member should not participate in the selection proceedings.


An employee may not initiate or participate in any institutional decision involving a direct benefit to a member or members of his/her immediate family (Board Policy 7310), including serving as the immediate supervisor. Such involvements include, but are not limited to, participating in recommendations regarding initial employment, retention, or promotion.


Name Title Constituent Group
Jeffrey Lewis President & CEO Legacy Health Endowment Co-Chair
Community Member
Trevor Stewart Vice Chancellor, District Administrative Services Co-Chair

Constituent Representatives:
Jillian Daly Dean, School of Language Arts and Education LTAC
Gisele Flores Professor of Child Development Academic Senate
Tracy Gillman Accounting Analyst Classified Senate
Patrick Krebbs Maintenance Assistant CSEA
Lori Marchy Professor of General Agriculture YFA
Damian J. Martinez Senior Management Consultant, Stanislaus County Community Member
Ruth B. Perez Gamboa  MJC Student ASMJC
Benjamin Riley Counselor YFA
Aishah Saleh Professor of Humanities Academic Senate
John Scheuber President of MJC Foundation Board of Directors Community Member
Lisa Schut Program Assistant  Classified Senate
Robert Stevenson Dean, School of Art, Performance and the Humanities LTAC
Judy Wagner Senior Administrative Secretary CSEA
Jeremiah Williams Modesto City Council Member Community Member
Andrea Wilson Vice President, Student Services Executive

ASMJC - Associated Students of Modesto Junior College
CSEA - California School Employees Association
LTAC - Leadership Team Advisory Council
YFA - Yosemite Faculty Association

Human Resource Contacts

Lucy Munoz, Director of Human Resources
Yosemite Community College District

Jessica Costa, Human Resources Analyst
Yosemite Community College District

(Unsuccessful) MJC PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH - Spring 2023