John Spevak is a former Chief Instructional Officer with 23 years of experience as an instructional administrator--seven as dean of off-campus centers and 16 as vice president of instruction at the same institution (Merced College). He also spent 14 years at the same college as a full-time English instructor and academic advisor, during which time he was an active member of his college's faculty senate. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. He has also taught in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Stanislaus. John considers himself a generalist and a team player who believes in bringing people together to work toward the best ideas and solutions. He has a broad working knowledge of both credit and noncredit instruction, including occupational and basic skills curricula. He is also well versed in instructional support services, such as learning resources, tutorial services, learning communities, and supplemental instruction. Since John joined CBT in 2008, he has helped colleges in areas including educational master planning, strategic planning, program evaluation, accreditation, and civility. Among the colleges he has worked with are the College of Western Idaho, MiraCosta College, Cypress College, Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College, the College of Marin, Imperial Valley College, and Bakersfield College.