Dr. Cecilia Cervantes
Since 2002, Dr. Cecilia Cervantes has been the President of College of Alameda (COA). Her efforts have been devoted to improving the delivery of instruction, student services, and connections with the community. Through her leadership, the College has formed partnerships with the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD); the University of Southern California; Cabrillo College; and the James Irvine Foundation. These collaborations have led to new programs that have expanded student successes in foundation skills; transfer; and vocational education. In 2003, COA and AUSD launched the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), a new early college high school located on College of Alameda's campus. The California Community College Foundation through a grant partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided ASTI seed money for its initial development. Now in its third year, 33 11th graders are currently enrolled in College of Alameda's courses, which will also fulfill high school diploma requirements. Fifty new ninth graders are the third ASTI student cohort.
Dr. Cervantes is active in the community by serving on the City of Alameda's Public Arts Commission. She is on the board of directors of both the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County and of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. She is a former director of the Alameda Rotary Club and of the West Alameda Business Association (WABA). Dr. Cervantes also contributes at the national level in her role as president-elect of the National Community College Hispanic Council, which provides leadership development and advocacy for future Latino community college leaders.
Dr. Cervantes has over 30 years of experience in higher education at the university, state college, and community college levels. She has been a community college administrator for over 23 years and has served in the positions of director, dean, associate vice president, vice president, provost, and now president. She has had the opportunity to contribute to community colleges in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and California. Dr. Cervantes is committed to the mission of the community college of providing access and success to all students, especially those from underrepresented groups, first generation students, second language learners, and immigrants.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Dr. Cervantes is the oldest of eight children, graduated from Loretto Academy, and received a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master's degree in Reading from the University of Texas at El Paso. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Cervantes and her husband, Dr. Hermes T. Cervantes, a school psychologist with the Mount Diablo Unified School District have two children, Rafael and Ziomara. Rafael received a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Dina are professors in St. Paul, MN. Ziomara is a senior majoring in Psychology at Humboldt State University.
- SFFD battle 1-alarm blaze near the Panhandle
- San Jose charity 3,000 short of toy distribution goal 38 min ago
- '628' area code to begin in '415' region in 2015
- Last minute Christmas shopping is in full swing
- 'Wonder Girl' cancer patient is inspiration for Vallejo
- Only On 7: Sneak peek at the SF Zoo's baby gorilla
- abcnews: Dennis Rodman does karaoke in NKorea
- Bay Area New Year's Eve fireworks and events
- roundup: CPUC fines PG&E; Homeless memorial
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Friday
- Bay Area weather forecast for Friday
47 min ago
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos