Linda Rose, Ed.D., President
Santa Ana College
Dr. Linda Rose was appointed president of Santa Ana College in July 2016. Reporting to the Rancho Santiago Community College District Chancellor, her responsibilities 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 K-12 and higher education institutions in the area; and leading the institution's fund development efforts.
As a product of the community college system, Dr. Rose has dedicated her career to community college education. She began her career at Cerritos College as a part-time English instructor. While there, she earned a tenured faculty position and served as the college's Puente Program co-coordinator, which serves underrepresented students, and coordinated the college's Program for Adult College Education. She also served as English Department chair and later was named dean of the Liberal Arts Division. She went on to become vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College and president of Los Angeles Southwest College, before returning to SAC as president.
As an academic leader, Dr. Rose is a regular presenter, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator at local and national conferences and meetings, including the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar, an intense four-day experience that focuses on issues facing women in community college administration. She is also leading Santa Ana College in the California Community Colleges Guided Pathways initiative, with the purpose of significantly improving student outcomes.
Dr. Rose is a board member of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Santa Ana Workforce Development Board, and serves on their Economic Development Board and Youth Council. Among her honors and awards are the Cerritos College Outstanding Administrator Award; the Cerritos College Outstanding Faculty Award for the Liberal Arts Division; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Fifth Edition; and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award. She was also named a 2018 Woman of the Year by the National Hispanic Business Women Association, was inducted into the Youth on the Move, Inc.'s 2018 International Educators' Hall of Fame, and received the 2018 Community Service Award from the Black Chamber of Orange County; and the 2018 Pacesetter Award from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles; master's degree in English literature, certificate of completion in rhetoric and composition, and bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies all from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and her associate degree in liberal arts from West Los Angeles College.
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