Jim Riggs, Ph.D.

Jim Riggs

Professor of Education
CSU, Stanislaus

Office Phone: (209) 664-6789
Email: jriggs1@csustan.edu
Website: www.csustan.edu/edd/Faculty/Jim_Riggs.htm

Background Information

Jim Riggs is currently a Professor of Education at CSU Stanislaus and services as the community college specialist in their new Ed.D program. From 1997 to 2007 Riggs served as President of Columbia College (Yosemite Community College District). Other leadership posts include serving as Vice President of Education and Student Services, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois (1994-97); Executive Dean of Lake County Campus of Yuba College (1987-1994); and Associate Dean of Instruction/Extended Education, Merced, College (1986-87).

Riggs also taught in the doctoral program in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of the Pacific (2007) and in the Community College Leadership Certificate Program at CSU Stanislaus (2002, 2005, and 2006). He taught courses in community college instruction, student services administration, and community college leadership seminars. Riggs obtained his doctorate in Community College Leadership and Curriculum from the University of Southern California.

Research Interests

  • Improving the Effectiveness of Mid-level Community College Leaders
  • Global Literacy for Community College Students
  • Improving Rural Education
  • Organizational Change Strategies for Community Colleges


  • Leadership, Change and the Future of Community Colleges. Academic Leadership Journal, 7(1). February 2009.

  • The Impact of Globalization and Political Change on Selected Musical Traditions from Around the WorldFeatured presenter and host for a five part public lecture and film series focusing on selected endangered musical traditions from around the world. Columbia College Civic Engagement Series, January 2008 - April 2008.

  • The Role of Rural Community Colleges in Economic Development. Featured Speaker and Host. State and Local Elected Officials roundtable meeting on Rural Education, Columbia College, September 2006.

  • Quality Verses Quantity - Moving Toward an Optimal Size for Community Colleges. Featured Presenter and Host, for a one day symposium on alternatives ways for community colleges to stay fiscally strong and academically vital in a time of decline enrollments, December 2005.