Arleen Satele, Ed.D.
Acting President, Santiago Canyon College
Arleen Satele, Ed.D. was recently appointed Acting President of Santiago Canyon College (SCC) in June 2022. Reporting to the Rancho Santiago Community College District Chancellor, her responsibilities will include: planning, organizing and implementing educational policy and procedures to develop curriculum and student support services; budget management; enhancing partnerships with business, governmental and community organizations, as well as with the K-12 and higher education institutions in the area; and leading the institution's fund development efforts.
Dr. Satele was chosen to lead SCC as Acting President because of her leadership and of experience in higher education finance demonstrated as the college's current vice president of administrative services. In this role, Satele serves as the college's business manager. She administers budget development and control and oversees facilities and grounds maintenance, transportation and the preparation and maintenance of required college records and reports.
With more than 20 years as a chief financial officer and vice president of administrative services for community colleges, Satele brings extensive knowledge in finance, budgeting, procurement, asset and contract management and knowledge of federal and state regulations to SCC. Previously, she served 10 years as vice president of administration at Cuyamaca College in San Diego where she managed a $85 million budget and provided cost reduction strategies. Satele also supervised a $370 million capital construction program, from master planning to construction and maintenance of new buildings.
As administrative supervisor for Riverside's Department of Social Services, she directed the Logistics Division that included facilities management and overseeing a team of project managers and technicians. Before that, Satele was the chief financial officer for American Samoa Community College in Pago, Pago, American Samoa.
Satele earned a B.A. in business administration and a certificate in computer programming from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She went on to secure an M.A. in public administration, as well. Satele pursued her Doctor of Education in Education Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.