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Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Leadership


The Educational Leadership and Administration Program develops scholar-practitioners and prepares credible and relevant leaders in education committed to advancing equity and excellence in educational leadership for P-12 and higher education throughout the Central Valley. 

Our values support leadership in:

  • Academic integrity in designing and supporting instructional programs
  • Collaboration with school districts, colleges, universities, and communities
  • Diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ways of understanding
  • Practice informed by research and research informed by practice
  • Reflection of the lifelong learning processes 


Department of Educational Leadership faculty prepare candidates to effectively lead in educational organizations in the Central Valley of California and beyond.  Our graduates serve in leadership roles in diverse educational settings such as public and private schools, colleges, universities, and other related educational agencies. We have three graduate programs: Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Administration, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership. Program graduates are continuously recognized as scholar-practitioners, instructional leaders, and agents of change in P-12 schools and in higher education.

Contact Us

Visit Us: Education Building ED 310

Mailing Address: 5005 N. Maple Ave. M/S ED303 Fresno, CA 93740-8025

Nancy Akhavan
Department Chair

Tiffany Jennings
Administrative Analyst Specialist I

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Nancy Akhavan

Nancy Akhavan
Associate Professor
Department Chair Educational Leadership
Coordinator, M.A. in Teaching

Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Associate Professor

Dr. Jessica Hannigan

Jessica Hannigan
Assiciate Professor
Coordinator, M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration

Dr. Varaxy Yi Borromeo

Varaxy Yi Borromeo
Assistant Professor
Fall 2022 Interim Director, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Dr. Ignacio Hernandez

Ignacio Hernández
Associate Professor
Director, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Dr. Susana Hernandez

Susana Hernández.
Associate Professor
KSOEHD Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Christina Luna

Christina Luna
Associate Professor

Dr. Cecilia Mendoza

Cecilia Mendoza
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jonathan Pryor

Jonathan Pryor
Assistant Professor
M.A. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership

Dr. Nichole Walsh

Nichole Walsh
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Moridian Watson
Associate Professor