Packard, Walter


Dr. Walter Packard is an educational consultant who has worked with numerous colleges in California and the Western States. Over his career he has served as a senior level administrator and leader at a variety of institutions. In 2014, he served as the interim co-vice president of the Collaborative Brain Trust, a firm focusing on higher education. He was President of McHenry County College in Illinois from 2003 through March 2009, when he retired. Packard served as Chancellor at Kern Community College District in Bakersfield, California, from 1999 to July 2003.  From 1987-1999 Packard held various administrative positions at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  He began his career in community colleges as a faculty member at Manatee Community College in Florida (now known as State College of Florida).

Packard has presented extensively across the country on community college issues. In conjunction with Dr. Kathleen Plinske, he authored an article in the April 2010 issue of the Community College Review, “Trustees’ Perceptions of the Desired Qualifications for the Next Generation of Community College Presidents”. He was active in community college professional associations, including service on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Emergent Trends, Research and Technology, and on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development. He is a certified Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Instructor and received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa in 2008.

In 2004, Packard traveled to the Ukraine with the State Department’s Specialists Program, as a member of a team working with Ukrainian higher education officials interested in the American community college concept.

He has served on numerous community boards including the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, the Workforce Investment Board for McHenry County, and the McHenry County Cooperative for Employment Education. In addition he served on the American Cancer Society regional leadership board.

Walter Packard holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin; a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Wayne State University in Detroit; a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of South Florida in Tampa; and an Associate of Arts degree from Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida. In 2001 he was named a distinguished graduate of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas.

Packard is knowledgeable in the areas of leadership development, organizational development and restructuring, academic quality improvement and leadership for improved learning outcomes and student success. He has led the process for developing strategic planning efforts at several institutions and is an avid supporter of developing strong Phi Theta Kappa Chapters on campus.