Interim CCC president selected


Cathie Lawrence

Mojdeh Mehdizadeh takes over district chancellor position while Bryan Reece is put on paid leave.

Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, executive vice chancellor of education and technology for the Contra Costa Community College Distict, has been named interim president of Contra Costa College.

The former Diablo Valley College student’s new position was made official at the Jan. 28 meeting of the district governing board.

Mehdizadeh has served the district for more than 25 years, holding a variety of positions throughout her tenure. Since 1998, Mehdizadeh has been serving in a district wide capacity, ensuring leadership and support of the colleges’ educational programs and student services.

“We feel very lucky to have Mojdeh now and we think this is going to be a good transition for us,” said United Faculty Vice President Jeffrey Michels, who represents Contra Costa College and serves as the union’s Executive Director.

After discussion at the board meeting about her appointment, Mehdizadeh rose to applause and moved from her chair at the staff table  to her seat at the president’s table.

Mehdizadeh’s other accomplishments include serving as a member of the Advisory Committee on Education Services of the Community College League of California, the statewide Assessment Selection Steering Committee and the Student Success Scorecard Advisory Group.

She is also the co-chair of the Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium, which focuses on rebuilding and aligning educational programs between K-12 and adult education at Contra Costa, Diablo Valley and Los Medanos colleges.

“She brings a comprehensive background of skills and experience that the Contra Costa College community will find invaluable,” says Chancellor Benjamin. “Her student services and instructional experience along with her nationally recognized expertise in technology are going to strengthen and prepare the college to be innovative in meeting the changing needs of our West County students.”

While LMC President Bob Kratochvil did not know her as a student of the district, he has known her throughout her career in the district, noting that, “she’s provided alot of assistance to each of the colleges.”

Kratochvil continued his sentiment, saying “I’m very pleased with the Chancellor’s decision to give her this oppurtunity.”

The recent promotion became available after the recent selection of former CCC President Dr. Denise Noldon as the interim vice chancellor for student services and special programs at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.