College of the Desert vets Presidential Candidates

As the search for the next College of the Desert president takes place, the candidates have been narrowed down to four finalists.

by Christopher Livingston
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Angela R. Fairchilds, Ph.D (Courtesy Photo)

Angela R. Fairchilds, Ph.D

Dr. Fairchilds earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where she graduated cum laude, later obtaining her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Fairchild received her Ph.D in Higher Education with an emphasis in Community College Administration from the University of Arizona, and served as President of Woodland Community College, near Sacramento. WCC became accredited for the first time under her tenure.

Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D (Courtesy Photo)

Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D
Dr. Kinnamon is currently chancellor of Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in San Francisco’s East Bay. The district consists of two campuses: Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore.  Having earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, he also served as Provost at the Tulsa Community College Southwest campus, and as a Business professor at Oklahoma City Community College.

Arturo Reyes, M.A. (Courtesy Photo)

Arturo Reyes, M.A.
Arturo Reyes, Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Solano Community College District, has served at every level from elementary school through community college.  Reyes was also involved in academic affairs at both Solano Community College and the California Community College District. In developments similar to COD’s infrastructural developments, Reyes contributed as a team member at Indiana University-Purdue, Planning and Institutional Improvement Institute.

Andreea M. Serban, Ph.D (Courtesy Photo)

Andreea M. Serban, Ph.D
Dr. Serban earned her Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from University of Albany, State University of New York. She is currently the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Technology for the Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa, where her duties range from student services to institutional research and planning. Serban also served as President of Santa Barbara City College, and in various administrative roles at the South Orange Community College District in Mission Viejo.

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