Tuesday Sep 26, 2017

Frank Chong

President Santa Rosa Junior College

SRJC 100 Year Anniversary

Introduced by: Brian Ling

The Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the many assets that make Sonoma County the great place that we all cherish. The SRJC is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary this fall, and Dr. Chong will tell us about some of the events ahead and the achievements along the way.

Prior to joining SRJC as superintendent/president in January 2012, Dr. Frank Chong served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

Among his key responsibilities at the Dept. of Education were shaping President Barack Obama’s community college agenda, providing leadership in the development of the trade adjustment assistance act, and developing policies related to the president’s college completion goal. Chong also helped convene four regional community college summits.

From 2006 to 2009, he was president of Laney College in Oakland, and served as president of Mission College in Santa Clara from 2003 to 2006. Chong was dean of student affairs at San Francisco City College from 1993 to 2003.

He served as special assistant to Willie Brown, speaker of the California Assembly, from 1987 to 1991, and in that position created legislation in higher education, mental health, small and minority business affairs and local government. Chong also developed a consortium of more than 50 San Francisco youth organizations to share resources.

Chong has participated on numerous higher education boards, including the Chief Executive Officers Board of the California Community Colleges and the American Council on Education Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity. He is a former president and founding member of the national advocacy organization Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education.

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