Dr. W. Alan Dixon, Sr. has been named interim senior dean, career education, workforce and academic pathways at Napa Valley College, effective October 1, announced Dr. Sara Parker, assistant superintendent/vice president, academic affairs.
“I’m excited about the wealth of experience and knowledge Dr. Dixon will bring to Napa Valley College,” said Dr. Parker. “As a business leader and professor, his background includes extensive budget management, innovative curriculum design and community engagement. Dr. Dixon’s demonstrated commitment to developing future leaders will be a tremendous asset for our academic and career pathways division.”
Dr. Dixon has more than 36 years of leadership experience, most recently as the business department chair and associate professor at Marian University in Wisconsin. As a speaker and a consultant, he encourages new leaders to excel within diverse environments. He has created and implemented curricula for academic and corporate diversity and inclusion training and established programs that promote student success when transferring to four-year institutions or entering the work force.
In the position as interim senior dean, Dr. Dixon will be responsible for providing leadership, administration and supervision for the Career Education and Academic Pathways division and associated programs and departments, including accounting; business; child & family studies and education; computer studies; computer information systems application; digital design graphics technology; hospitality, culinary & tourism management; LGBT education studies; machine tool technology; technical studies; viticulture & winery technology; welding; work experience; and Napa Valley Small Business Development Center; as well as providing leadership and administration of the Upper Valley Campus and Community Education.
“My goal is to work collaboratively with teams to create, assess and implement the best training tools for workforce development,” he said. “When workforce development teams collaborate and nurture genuine relationships between academia, business and surrounding communities, our programs can equip our students to excel in four-year institutions and diverse workplaces.”
In his previous positions, Dr. Dixon led and served on numerous committees devoted to working for social justice, grant dispersion and the establishment of curriculum and educational standards. He taught undergraduate, master’s-level and doctorate courses in business, management, leadership and human resources and led multiple campus-based forums that were open to the community to address socio-economic and racial inequality.
Dr. Dixon holds a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics and psychology from University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix; and a PhD in organizational leadership from University of Phoenix. Born and raised in Vallejo, California, Dr. Dixon looks forward to returning to Northern California after a recent two-year stint in the Midwest, with his best friend and wife of nearly 27 years, “Our Daily Bread” author and speaker Xochitl Dixon, their two adult sons, AJ and Xavier, and a doggy-daughter, Callie, who also serves as Xochitl’s service dog.