Dr. Brian King, the ninth chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, has more than 24 years of community college teaching and administrative experience in California and Missouri.
The Los Rios District is one of the nation’s most respected learning institutions and the second-largest community college district in California, with about 75,000 students. Los Rios serves the greater Sacramento region with four colleges – American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City – and six major educational outreach centers.
Dr. King joined the Los Rios District in February 2013, after serving more than eight years as president/superintendent of Santa Cruz County’s Cabrillo College in Aptos, Ca. Before that, he served from 1991 to 2004 in increasingly responsible positions at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Mo., where he rose from a faculty position teaching American government and business law to serving as vice president of administration and business.
As president of Cabrillo, Dr. King was credited with leading the college through two successful local bond campaigns, raising more than $20 million in private donations through the college foundation and guiding the implementation of highly successful student success measures.
Since his appointment as chancellor of Los Rios, Dr. King has overseen the opening of two educational outreach centers (the Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova centers); the District’s 50th anniversary gala honoring alumni and philanthropists; and the federal designation of Sacramento City College as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Dr. King serves on numerous local and state boards and commissions including: the American Council on Education’s Commission on Inclusion; Sacramento Metro Chamber Board of Directors; Valley Vision Board of Directors; Community College League of California CEO Board and Commission on the Future; Wells Fargo Community Advisory Committee; Comstock’s Magazine Editorial Board; NextEd Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Linked Learning Alliance Leadership Council; Dignity Health Sacramento Service Area Board of Directors; Los Rios Foundation Board; and member of the Sacramento Rotary. He also currently serves as a CEO Representative on the state Chancellor’s Office Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative Advisory Committee. He is a past-chair of the California Community College Athletic Association Board of Directors, and was previously a Fulbright Fellow to Russia with a group of national community college leaders.
He earned a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Missouri; a law degree from Duke University School of Law; and a doctorate of education in higher education from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. King lives in Folsom with his wife and two teen-age children and is a dedicated Duke Blue Devils basketball fan.