Harkins is Orange Coast College’s 10th permanent president and has served since
his appointment in 2009. OCC has an
enrollment of over 25,000 students and offers more than 150 academic programs.
tenure, OCC facilitated Vision 2020, a comprehensive strategic and facilities
plan that guides the institution’s academic, infrastructure, and student success
builds upon the college’s strength as a leader in transfer and student
achievement. OCC currently holds the distinction of being the top transfer community
college in Orange County. Over the past
four years, OCC has increased its focus on student success, maintained its
focus on recruiting knowledgeable fulltime faculty, and strategically managed
class section offerings.
also instrumental in the passage of the Coast Community College District’s $698
million Measure M construction bond whose funds have allowed for student
resources including the construction of OCC’s Business, Math, and Computing
building, as well as other campus upgrades scheduled to take place over the
next 10 years.
Dennis is a
champion of social enterprise and actively supports the college’s entrepreneurial
activities. The OCC Foundation fundraises over $3 million dollars annually for
student scholarships and resources, program and pathway creation, and staff and
of internationalization, Dennis serves on the American Association of Community
Colleges (AACC) Global Education Commission. In 2013, he was a guest lecturer of
the Shanghai Normal, Nanjing Institute school of Visual Arts and the Beijing
Film Academy. He holds the titles of honorary president at the Nanjing
Institute of Visual Arts and Guest Professor of Photography at the Shandong
University of Art.
served as Director of Government Relations at Georgia Perimeter College in
Atlanta, the third largest college in Georgia with a degree enrollment of
24,500 students. He also served for ten years as Provost of the GPC Clarkston
campus and as a member of the GPC Executive Team.
his teaching career as a photography instructor at the Art Institute of Fort
Lauderdale where he became Director of Photography. Prior to his position of
Provost of the Clarkston Campus of Georgia Perimeter College, he was Vice
President and Dean of Education at the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he was
instrumental in the college’s initial regional accreditation efforts at the
associate and baccalaureate levels.
earned a BFA in Photography from Ohio University. He continued his studies at
Ohio University and completed a Master’s degree in International Affairs. He
holds a Ph.D. in Education with a major in Human Resource Development with a cognate
in Management from Georgia State University.
He and his wife, Kim, have