Brian Sanders

Brian Sanders

Dr. Brian Sanders is the Vice President of Instruction at Columbia College.  Along with two division deans, he supervises all aspects of instruction at the college, oversees curriculum development, scheduling, and catalog production, and serves as a liaison with district, state, and local agencies for matters related to Columbia College's courses and programs.


Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Oregon, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the joint UC Davis/Sonoma State Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CANDEL) Program.  He served for thirteen years as a Professor of Mathematics at Modesto Junior College after spending a year as a 'freeway flier' teaching at MJC, Skyline College (San Bruno), and College of Notre Dame (Belmont).  He was Dean of the Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Division at Modesto Junior College from Fall 2008 through October 2015, Interim Vice President of College and Administrative Services at Columbia College from November 2015 through May 2016, and now serves as Vice President of Instruction at Columbia College.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys kayaking, playing guitar, woodworking, gardening, assisting with the Beyer High School Marching Band and Color Guard, and making others feel good about their golf games.

Brian, his wife, and three children live in Modesto, and enjoy travelling to visit family and go camping throughout the West whenever possible.


  • Analyzing Change in Community College Pre-Statistics Developmental Mathematics Curriculum

    Dissertation completed in earning Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
    UC Davis/Sonoma State Joint Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CANDEL) Program