By Kathy Chouteau
Dr. Kimberly Rogers has been selected as the 15th president of Contra Costa College (CCC) by the Contra Costa Community College District (4CD). A vote to ratify her contact will occur at the 4CD Governing Board’s June 14 meeting.
The 4CD announcement came on the heels of a search for a president that was first launched in February 2023. Dr. Rogers stepped in as CCC’s acting president starting in June 2022, following her hiring the previous January as the CCC vice president of Instruction.
Interim Chancellor Mojdeh Mehdizadeh remarked that CCC’s new president “brings a comprehensive background of community college executive leadership that spans both instruction and student services.” She further credited Dr. Rogers as being responsive to community needs, having a focus on furthering equitable student outcomes and being an “excellent fit for CCC and the West County community.”
Dr. Rogers has been described by 4CG as a “first-generation student” and “lifelong learner” who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in French, and a minor in Chemistry, from the University of South Carolina Honors College; her Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University; and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University. Her experience includes having held academic appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Université de Haute-Alsace in France.
Regarding her transition from acting president to permanent one, Dr. Rogers said she is “honored to join the dedicated team of CCC faculty, classified professionals and managers in achieving the college’s mission of providing equitable access, increasing student success, and fulfilling the hopes and dreams of our students and the communities we serve.”
She added that she looks forward to expanding CCC’s community presence and developing key collaborations and partnerships.