Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees Announces Final Candidates for Chancellor Position
April 29, 2019
(Santa Ana, CA) – Following a national search, the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) Board of Trustees has announced four finalists for the position of district Chancellor.
The RSCCD board of trustees will interview the final candidates in early May with a decision expected to follow shortly thereafter. The new Chancellor is expected to take office this summer. The district is seeking a successor to Dr. Raul Rodriguez, who announced his retirement last fall after 31 years in community colleges with the last nine years serving RSCCD.
Since 2013 Dr. Goswami has served as a campus President of Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (MCC). Under Dr. Goswami’s leadership MCC-Maple Woods has grown to be the largest MCC campus, has improved student completion, established an honors program, established Neeland fund for student emergencies, created summer institutes for professional development, enhanced diversity initiatives and expanded community education programming. Currently as President of MCC-Longview, Dr. Goswami helped establish early college academies, expanded the automotive program and implemented data driven institutional practices and diversity initiatives.
During his career Dr. Goswami has held various teaching and administrative positions at St. Louis Community College, Schreiner University and Trinity University. He holds a master’s degree in development economics from Boston University and both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in economics from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Hsieh is in her fourteenth year as President of San Diego Miramar College. She has broad experience and a background in teaching, student services, and community college administration. At San Diego Miramar College, she has not only expanded student access by leading the College to grow from less than 5,000 FTES to over 10,000 FTES annual enrollment, but she has also been instrumental in transforming the College’s facilities to improve teaching, learning, and student completion as well as success. Prior to her current position, Hsieh served as the Interim President and Vice President of Student Services at Sacramento City College. She has spent her career improving student access and success in California community colleges.
Dr. Hsieh studied at the Harvard University Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Program and Institute for Educational Management (IEM). She received her doctorate in Institutional Management focusing on Community College Administration at Pepperdine University, her master's in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University, and her bachelor's in Western Languages and Literature from Chengchi University in Taiwan.
Mr. Martinez currently serves as President of East Los Angeles College. Under his leadership, they have been ranked No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 in California for community college degrees and certificates granted to Hispanic students in 2017, according to Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine. Prior to arriving at East Los Angeles College, Mr. Martinez served as President of Los Angeles Harbor College, where he was responsible for $444 million in bond construction, balancing the college budget in his first year as President, and making significant gains in student success.
President Martinez is a native of El Salvador. He immigrated to Brooklyn, New York and then moved to Long Beach, California where he graduated from Long Beach Wilson High. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA.
Dr. Reyes has served as Superintendent/President of Mendocino College in northern California since 2013. He has successfully guided college planning, institutional effectiveness and accreditation initiatives with over two decades of experience in strategic planning, assessment, and adhering to accreditation standards. Prior to Mendocino College, Dr. Reyes served as the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Solano College, Interim President and Vice President of Academic Affairs at San José City College, and Dean at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento, where he held a leadership role in both Academic Affairs and Workforce Preparation/Economic Development.
He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Arts degree in Education and Administrative Services credential at California State University, Sacramento, where he participated in the Bilingual Leadership Training Program, and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish. He also holds a secondary teaching credential from the University of California, Davis.
The successful candidate with lead the Rancho Santiago Community College District, home of one of the state’s oldest community colleges Santa Ana College, and also one of its newest, Santiago Canyon College. The district serves more than 52,000 students annually in a district with a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove and Tustin.
In addition to the colleges, the district also maintains the Centennial and Orange Continuing Education Centers, the Digital Media Center Th!nkubator, the Orange County Regional Fire Training Center, the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy and the district operations center.