Kim Lopez Named as Next Cañada College PresidentTue, 19 April, 2022 at 10:57 am
San Mateo, CA – San Mateo County Community College District Chancellor Michael Claire has announced that he is recommending Kim Lopez as the next president of Cañada College. The District’s Board of Trustees will take formal action on Lopez’s appointment at their May 11, 2022 meeting. Ms. Lopez has served as interim president of Cañada College since August 1, 2021.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Kim Lopez for several years and in several capacities,” said Claire. “I know her to be a leader of integrity and compassion with values that align to put students first and create a college environment that is equitable, diverse, inclusive and anti-racist. I am confident that she will lead Cañada College into a new era of success and commitment to the community.”
Though serving in a new role at Cañada College, Ms. Lopez is not new to the campus. She originally joined the college as dean of enrollment services and counseling and later became vice president of student services before moving to College of San Mateo (CSM) in 2017. At CSM, Ms. Lopez served as vice president of student services and later as acting and interim president following the appointment of then-president Michael Claire as interim and permanent chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District. Prior to joining the SMCCCD, Ms. Lopez previously served three years as the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of California, San Diego and for two years as the Upward Bound (TRIO) director at the College of Micronesia on the island of Kosrae. She also worked at the College of the Siskiyous for 13 years as a counselor and student services director.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve Cañada College and our broader community in my new role as president of this great institution,” said Ms. Lopez. “As a second generation Mexican-American, I know the challenges many of our students face as they work to gain access to a higher education so they can gain economic and social mobility. I am excited to work with our community to support the students and families who need us and to make Cañada College an indispensable partner of businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies and all groups who support students and higher education.”
Ms. Lopez currently serves on the JobTrain Board of Directors, Chamber San Mateo County Education Committee and as an Executive Team member for Redwood City Together. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in educational counseling from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Ms. Lopez will start her permanent role as president on July
1. Her selection is subject to approval
of a written contract, the terms of which will be available for public review
prior to the Board’s meeting on May 11, 2022.
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