Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland was unanimously selected as the President of San Jose City College effective May of 2014, after having served as the interim president since June 2013. Dr. Clift Breland holds a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics and a Master of Science in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He subsequently completed a Master of Science in Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. He was honored as a Presidential Fellow at the University of Southern California and received outstanding graduate student awards from both USC and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Clift Breland comes to San Jose City College from the Long Beach Community College District, where he served as the Associate Vice President of the Pacific Coast Campus for five years. Under his leadership as the primary executive administrative officer on the campus, he ensured that the academic and student services and administrative operations functioned effectively. While holding administrative positions at the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Southern California, he successfully led community development, outreach, and student success initiatives. His educational career also includes serving as an Assistant Dean and Director of Judicial Affairs at the University of California, Irvine; Associate Dean of Student Development at Santa Ana College; and Dean of Student Affairs at Long Beach City College.
Dr. Clift Breland’s instructional experience includes being an eighth grade English teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland; teaching Community College Administration at the University of Southern California; and being a Learning Skills instructor in the School of Education at the University of Southern California, where he taught academic success skills to student athletes and first-generation college students. He has also taught Leadership Skill Development to community members in the City of Santa Ana and developed a Conflict Resolution course for student leaders at the University of California, Irvine.
A few of Dr. Clift Breland’s publications and presentations include: “Factors Influencing the Educational and Career Transitions of African American and Latino Community College Students”; “Assessing the Degree Aspirations of African American and Latino Community College Students”; and “Using Civic Engagement at a Community College to Develop Community Leaders”.
He has also been active in the broader community, serving on a number of boards to promote equity in housing and economic opportunities. His extensive work creating strategic community partnerships, particularly in urban environments, has successfully served the needs of traditionally underrepresented students in higher education, such as African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islanders, or those who are the first in their family to attend college.
Dr. Clift Breland is eager to bring his education, experience and passion to support organizational and educational excellence and student success at San Jose City College.