SBCC Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President

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SBCC Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President
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Source: Santa Barbara City College

The Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Helen Benjamin to serve as Interim Superintendent/President. The Board interviewed Dr. Benjamin in Closed Session at their meeting on Thursday, February 28. The Board held a Special Meeting on Saturday, March 2 to deliberate and unanimously agreed on her selection. Dr. Benjamin’s appointment is contingent upon finalizing the details of a contract.  

Dr. Benjamin has had a distinguished 44-year career and is an experienced Community College leader. She was hired by the Contra Costa Community College District in 1991 and over the next 27 years until her retirement in 2016 held a number of positions with the District.  Dr. Benjamin served as Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District during the last 11 years of her tenure with the District. 

"I am honored to be selected by the Board to serve in an interim capacity as Superintendent/President of SBCC.  I am inspired by the vision and mission of the college and look forward to working with the Board, employees and the community in fulfilling both," said Dr. Benjamin. 

Dr. Benjamin maintains an active role in a variety of professional and community organizations, many committed to increasing opportunities for students of color and increasing access to education for economically disadvantaged individuals. She has worked tirelessly for the improvement of community and junior colleges and served as president of the California Community Colleges CEOs, as president of the board of the Community College League of California and as chair of the California Promise Leadership Team. She holds the distinction of being the first community college representative appointed by Congress to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. Dr. Benjamin served with distinction as convener of the Presidents’ Round Table of Community College African American CEOs and on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Science in English and Spanish from Bishop College in Texas where she graduated magna cum laude, and she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in English from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

The Board will bring a contract with Dr. Benjamin for action at a subsequent public meeting, including information about her start date.

The search for a permanent Superintendent/President will entail an extensive public process and will involve significant input from all college stakeholder groups. “Santa Barbara City College is fortunate that Dr. Benjamin is available and interested in helping lead the Santa Barbara Community College District as we pursue the search for a permanent Superintendent/President.  Dr. Benjamin has a remarkable record of accomplishment in leading the Contra Costa Community College District for 11 years and is uniquely qualified to lead the Santa Barbara Community College District,” said Board President Robert Miller.

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a-1551754479 Mar 04, 2019 06:54 PM
SBCC Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President

Coastwatch - This is not my take at all.

I was impressed that the SBCC Board was able to entice her to take this position.
Obviously she has enough money and doesn't NEED this challenge.

Who would want to come into this hostile environment at Board meetings?

I hope she can bring some sanity back to this wonderful campus.

CoastWatch Mar 05, 2019 06:53 AM
SBCC Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President

Not trying to be snarky, trying to give a younger generation an OPPORTUNITY to lead and grow rather than have someone who is closer to looking into long-term health care (snark intended). I really feel that "Administrators" who retire and then move on to another higher paying opportunity do a dis-service to a younger generation of leaders.

a-1551805368 Mar 05, 2019 09:02 AM
SBCC Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President

This is for the INTERIM President at SBCC. Many times someone will return to work only because they know it is for a definitive time. From what I understand (I work at SBCC) she was well-respected at Contra Costa and she has no intention of staying beyond the interim period.
It's a good choice for SBCC during this transition and I look forward to working with her.

RHS Mar 05, 2019 10:21 AM
SBCC Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President

Coastwatch's position on the refusal of the older generation to move on and the egotistical need to stay in power when their future is assured is right on point. I have challenged my peers who insist on hanging on or returning to other jobs when well past retirement age to move over. We need to let younger people do the work. They are absolutely capable of it despite the denial incumbents feel.

Red Creek Mar 05, 2019 02:24 PM
SBCC Board of Trustees Announces Interim Superintendent/President

To A -1551824094 Curious why you hope the new interim administrator "can bring some of sanity back to " SBCC. If sanity needs to be brought back, is it caused by admin, board, students, community or all ? Campus climate is often created by leadership. The fact the the voters defeated the last call for more money via parcel tax is an indication that admin and previous boards have been out of touch and not responsive to the community for a long time.

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