Thursday, November 15, 2018

California’s Community College Leaders Convene at the League’s 2018 Annual Convention Focusing on the Future of Higher Education

 RANCHO MIRAGE, CA – Educational leaders from across the state gather for the Community College League of California’s (League) 2018 Annual Convention, held November 15-17, 2018 at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California to share tools, knowledge, and expertise which increase the effectiveness of local campus initiatives and strengthen collaboration through the implementation of new policies statewide. This year’s theme, Eyes on the Horizon, brings together industry experts and community college leaders to provide insights on what the future of higher education can and should look for from California Community Colleges.
As the premier leadership and professional development event for California community college trustees, CEOs, faculty, administrators and staff, the 2018 Annual Convention offers sessions to improve student success and workshops that engage administrators, faculty and staff in discussions to expand their campus services.
Convention keynote speakers include:
Thursday, November 15: State of the System
Eloy Ortiz Oakley
, California Community Colleges Chancellor 
Friday, November 16: 2018 General Election Post-Mortem
Mindy Romero
, Founder & Director, California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy
Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center
James Lance Taylor, Professor and Author, University of San Francisco
Friday, November 16: Achieving the Dream
Dr. Karen A. Stout
, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream, Inc. and President Emerita, Montgomery County Community College
Saturday, November 17: Advancing Transformational Change for Incarcerated Students
Keith Curry
, President/CEO, Compton College
Celia Esposito-Noy, President/Superintendent, Solano Community College District
Laura Hope, Executive Vice Chancellor for Educational Services, California Community Colleges
Tina Curiel-Allen, UC Davis Student and Xicana/Boricua Poet & Writer
“With the election of Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, and a changing state and federal political landscape, this is an opportune time for California’s community college leaders to convene, share ideas and promising practices, as well as to continue to advance the indispensable mission of the state’s largest and most diverse public higher education system,” said Larry Galizio, President & CEO of the Community College League of California.
The Annual Convention will honor George L. Pla, President & CEO, Cordoba Corporation and East Los Angeles College Alumnus, as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni. The prestigious California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a California community college graduate who is an accomplished professional and exemplary citizen in their community.
For more information about the 2018 Annual Convention, visit the League’s website at


The Community College League of California (League) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a voluntary membership of the 72 local community college districts in California. The League promotes student access and success by strengthening colleges through advocacy, policy development, leadership development, and district services. Visit our website at