"Students first, everything else follows."
Education: AA, Lane Community College; BA, Gettysburg College; MBA and PhD, University of Oregon.
Community College Experience: Vice Chancellor, Houston Community College; Executive Vice President (Interim), Ventura Community College; Executive Dean, Los Angeles City College.
Author: 16 books in business and higher education including Noble Ambitions: Mission, Vision, and Values in American Community Colleges (AACC).
Teacher: Tenured professor in business and economics at University of Rhode Island and currently teaching at Cal State University Channel Islands.
SB Resident: Living in San Barbara and District #7 since 2005.
Replace modular buildings/trailers—Learning in community colleges requires adequate facilities for student, faculty, and staff members.
Fully fund the “Promise Program”—This program that seeks to ensure access and reduce student debt needs the support of the entire community.
Improve transfer to CSUCI—SBCC and CSUCI should have one of the highest transfer rates in the state and expand its on-campus bachelor degree completion program.
Enhance workforce programs tied to regional industry needs—Closer connections to industry ensure that SBCC fulfills its promise as an economic engine.
Create better budgeting practices—Serious budget challenges should be anticipated and moderated through better fiscal processes that are tied to a strategic plan.
Maximize state funds—Understand and work to increase revenues in the new (2018) state performance funding formula for community colleges.
Develop a comprehensive strategic plan—It is critical that a vision for SBCC is aligned with a specific action plan that includes metrics, timelines, and resources.
Create a community dashboard of key performance indicators—The institution needs to share the answer to the question, “How will we know if we are successful?’