Dr. Walter Tribley, Superintendent/President
Dr. Walt Tribley has been serving as the Superintendent/President of the Monterey Peninsula Community College District since December 2012. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at Seminole Community College in Florida. After earning tenure there and securing the college’s first grant from the National Science Foundation, he joined the University of Florida to teach biotechnology to educators and graduate students. Dr. Tribley came to Monterey Peninsula College after serving in several roles of increasing responsibility at Wenatchee Valley College for approximately 11 years culminating as Vice President of Instruction. Wenatchee Valley College is a comprehensive community college in North Central Washington with two campuses within a service district of approximately 10,000 square miles. Dr. Tribley has dedicated his career to the mission of community colleges where student success is celebrated, employees are honored and communities are empowered.
Dr. Tribley earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary science education, and a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in biology from the University of Idaho. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Washington State University. After completing his Ph.D., he was hired as a scientist in a biotechnology start-up in California developing blood tests for the early detection of gynecologic cancers (primarily ovarian and breast cancers). He values connecting relevant industry-specific curriculum with a liberal arts education to enable students to be well educated and adaptable for the careers of tomorrow.
Dr. Tribley is a collaborative, innovative, engaged and passionate leader who enjoys building teams and supporting college personnel to grow and reach their potential. He values the role of community colleges in the community. In the greater Monterey Peninsula community, he currently serves on several boards, including recently chairing the board of the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, the Monterey County Children’s Council, and the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation.