Candidates for Vice Chancellor

Open Forums Scheduled

Open Forums with the two candidates for our Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs position are scheduled for Monday, March 23. At this time, both finalists, Brian C. Miller and Xeturah M. Woodley, are planning to be on campus, however, with the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, we have decided to use a virtual delivery method for the forums. Both Open Forums will be offered via Zoom. Details for joining the online session will be emailed later this week. Please submit questions for the candidates in advance via the online Candidate Question form.

The Open Forums will be:

  • Brian C. Miller, Monday, March 23, 11:30a-12:30p
  • Xeturah Woodley, Monday, March 23, 1:00-2:00p

Background information on the finalists.

Brian C. Miller

Brian Craig Miller is currently serving as Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Health Occupations at Mission College in Santa Clara, California.  He also currently serves on the California Community College Task Force regarding LGBTQIA+ Students. Prior to moving to California, he was a history professor and department chair at Emporia State University in Kansas.  Miller earned his Ph.D. and MA in 19th Century American History from the University of Mississippi and his BA in History from The Pennsylvania State University.  He is the author of four books, including Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South, and the editor of the academic journal Civil War History In his spare time, he runs, with a goal to run a half marathon in all 50 states (he has completed 47 so far with only North Dakota, Connecticut, and Alaska to be completed later this spring).

Xeturah Woodley

Dr. Xeturah Woodley is a Womanist scholar with a background in community organizing and educational activism. She holds a BA in African American Studies and Psychology, a Master of Social Sciences degree, and a Ph.D. is in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in critical pedagogies and learning technologies. Dr. Woodley is also a community college graduate and received certificates in Entrepreneurship and Online Teaching & Learning from Central New Mexico Community College.

Dr. Woodley currently works as an assistant professor in Learning Design and Technology at New Mexico State University, where she researches culturally responsive teaching and learning in online environments. Her most recent administrative role was as a community college vice president of academic affairs. She has more than 25 years of experience as a faculty member and eight years of experience as a community college administrator.

Dr. Woodley is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Faculty Outstanding Women's Award, CNM Excellence Awards, and Women Who Dare to Dream Award. Her community work focuses on meeting the educational needs of those most marginalized and vulnerable in our society. Dr. Woodley is a social justice advocate and an agent for social change.