January 25, 2016
Mt. San Jacinto College is pleased to announce it has hired Dr. Rudolph Besikof to serve as the new vice president of Instruction starting Feb. 1, 2016.
Dr. Besikof will take over the role currently held in an interim capacity by Brandon Moore. Currently the dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Valley College, Dr. Besikof has 27 years of experience in higher education. During those years, he gained classroom experience as a professor and also served as a coordinator before becoming a dean. His resume includes fulltime faculty positions at Long Beach City College and the University of California, San Diego and positions as far away as Japan and France.
“I am excited to have Dr. Besikof on board,” said Dr. Roger Schultz, superintendent/president of MSJC. “He has experience that will enhance the executive team at Mt. San Jacinto College and he understands the needs of our diverse population. He is a visionary whose focus is set on student success and he will be a good fit for MSJC.”
Dr. Besikof received his Doctor of Education degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received a Master’s degree in English from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
“I am thrilled to be joining the team of great educators at Mt. San Jacinto College, especially given its stellar reputation within the region as well as across California,” Dr. Besikof said. “I look forward to contributing to the college as it continues to provide educational opportunities that will lead to more students completing their educational goals.”
As dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Valley College, Dr. Besikof’s responsibilities including planning course offerings and the production of the schedule of classes. In addition, he supervises several programs, including communication studies, athletics, music, psychology and English/ESL. While serving as dean of Instruction and Learning Resources in his prior position at Woodland Community College, he supervised social sciences, math and science, the library and tutoring center and more. Dr. Besikof also has experience working with college foundations and focused his doctoral thesis on “The Role of the Community College President in Fundraising: A Best Practices Study.”
Dr. Besikof has received a host of awards. Most recently, he received the Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Award as an outstanding employee in 2014. Others include a certificate of appreciation from the Disabled Student Program and Services at Woodland Community College, the U.C.L.A. School of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award and Certificate of Appreciation for Accreditation Work.