Dr. Gehler comes to Maricopa County Community College District with 21 years in higher education. She held rank as tenured associate professor in culinary arts and hospitality, and has served in management positions from Chair to Associate Dean, Interim Dean, Interim Provost and most recently, for 8 years as the Dean of University of Alaska Anchorage Community and Technical College. She taught high school and served as a grant writer for 6 years with the Orange Unified District in California and continued her professional public service for 12 years as a senior health and human services planner with the Municipality of Anchorage. She earned a BS in Family and Consumer Science from the Ohio State University, an MA in Vocational Education from California State University Long Beach, and an Ed.D in Educational Planning from Oregon State University. Jan and husband, Bill Gehler are natural parents to three adult children and American parents to an adult son from Croatia.
In July 2008, Dr. Gehler became SCC's second president following the distinguished career of Dr. Art DeCabooter. Beyond duties within the Maricopa District, Maricopa Foundation, and at SCC, Dr. Gehler actively serves the larger Scottsdale community through membership in Scottsdale Chamber, Scottsdale Rotary, Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., Communities Celebrating Diversity, Scottsdale Healthcare, and others.
Dr. Gehler believes that great cities include great educational systems and knows that education provides opportunity, and opportunity changes everything.
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