(Santa Ana, CA)—Rancho Santiago Community College District has appointed Carlos L. Lopez as vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College. In this leadership role, Lopez serves as the college’s chief instructional officer. His overall responsibilities include all aspects of academic programs and instructional support services, professional development, class scheduling, instructional budgets, allocation of instructional services, library services, student learning outcomes, distance education, planning and accreditation.
“I am thrilled to join the amazing leadership team at Santa Ana College and be part of such a vibrant student-focused community,” Lopez said. “I look forward to working with our great faculty and staff to continue providing opportunities for our students to be successful and meet their educational goals.”
With 16 years of community college experience, Lopez, a new resident of Orange, offers a breadth of experience as a faculty member and as an administrator. Previously, he was dean of mathematics and sciences at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. In that role, he led instructional personnel associated with the School of Mathematics and Sciences. He was also responsible for the certificate/degree programs and general education curriculum including the development of the baccalaureate program in biomanufacturing. Before that, he served as dean of instruction for academic programs at Mt. San Jacinto College where he also served as associate dean of instruction for academic programs, project director of a U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institutions grant, chairperson of the Mathematics Department, and associate professor of mathematics.
Lopez earned an M.S. in statistics from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. in applied mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently working on completing his Ed.D. in educational leadership through a collaborative program with the University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos.
About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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