Raúl Rodríguez, Ph.D., has served as the Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) since August of 2010. As Chancellor of one of the largest community college districts in the state of California, Dr. Rodríguez oversees a district that covers one quarter of the land area of Orange County, registers an annual enrollment of more than 80,000 students, and is one of the largest employers in the region with more than 4,000 employees. RSCCD has eight major facilities locations, including the main college campuses of Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College.
Prior to joining RSCCD, Dr. Rodríguez held a number of positions in both single college and multi-college community college districts in California. With approximately 24 years of experience as a community college CEO, his previous administrative experience includes the following: Superintendent/President of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton; President of Los Medanos College in the Contra Costa Community College District; Interim President of San José City College; Vice President of Instruction at San José City College; and, Dean of Instruction at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, among others.
Dr. Rodríguez earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also possesses a Master's Degree from Fairfield University in School and Applied Psychology and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. An educator who taught psychology at Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz, he is also a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.
Dr. Rodriguez is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which is the Regional Accreditor for community and technical colleges in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. He previously served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCJC. Starting with his first visit in 1989, Dr. Rodriguez has served as either a Team Member or Team Chair on numerous accreditation visits to ACCJC member colleges.
Community and professional service has always been a high priority for Dr. Rodríguez. He recently served an eight-year term on the Board of Directors of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens. He has served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana, the Orange County Taxpayers Association, and the Rotary Club of Orange, California. Dr. Rodriguez has twice been elected to the Chief Executive Officers Board of the California Community Colleges and he served that organization as the Vice President for Southern California. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez is on the Board of Directors of the National Community College Hispanic Council, the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Workforce Consortium, and he sits on the statewide Economic Development Committee for the California Community Colleges.
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