VP for Learning
Brandon Whatley joined San Juan College as Vice President for Learning in July, 2023.
Mr. Whatley is a New Mexico native who has worked in higher education for nearly 21 years. He comes to San Juan College from Austin Community College, where he has worked for the past 14 years. Mr. Whatley has served as the Dean of Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies since 2017. Prior to that, he was the interim dean for two years. Before he served as interim dean, he was the department chair and a professor for the welding technology department.
Mr. Whatley also worked at Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell for seven years as a department chair and professor for the welding technology department. In 2019, Mr. Whatley received the Austin Community College Administrator of the Year award. In 2020, he received the Austin Community College Chancellor’s Leadership Excellence Award.
Mr. Whatley earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding from Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell. Then, he attained a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Eastern New Mexico University. Next, he earned a master’s degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University. He is planning to complete his Doctorate in Leadership and Learning in Organizations at Vanderbilt University.
Brandon and his wife Jenna are happy to be back in New Mexico, where they have deep roots. Jenna is excited to continue her veterinary medicine career in the Four Corners area. They are joined by their two furry kids, their dogs, Lady and Chula. In their free time, they enjoy hiking, fishing, and exploring new places. They are both excited about the wide range of outdoor activities available in the region and are eager to contribute to the community in meaningful ways.