2020 CEO Symposium

Thu, Feb 27, 2020 to Sun, Mar 1, 2020
Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
General Info


General Info

The CEO Symposium is the annual convening for California Community College chancellors and presidents from across the state. CEOs will engage in discussions to address the challenging issues and opportunities facing our system.

This CEO-only event provides a forum for statewide leaders to convene panel discussions, share information and promising practices, and to network with colleagues in an informal environment. Research demonstrates that districts and colleges led by CEOs with tenures closer to 10-years rather than the mean 7.1 years stated in the League’s 2018 CEO Tenure and Retention Study, tend to have better student outcomes and enhanced institutional stability.  


Registration Rates

CEO Symposium Conference Fee – $565
Fee includes conference registration, materials, and all meals. Conference fees do not include hotel accommodations. Separate booking is required.

Guest Meals 

  • Welcome Reception - $55 (Thursday, February 27)
  • Reception - $65 (Friday, February 28) 
  • Retiree Recognition Dinner - $85  (Saturday, February 29)                            

Payments/Deadline to Register
Full payment by credit card is due at the time of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org. Registration will close on Wednesday, February 19th.

Cancellation Policy
All refund requests must be made in writing. To request a refund for your registration email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org. A $50 processing fee will be charged for all refunds. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Hotel & Travel

Hotel & Travel

We invite you to join CEOs from throughout the state at the CEO Symposium, February 27 - March 1, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country.

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country

170 Railroad Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: (707) 284-1234
Click here to visit website

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country is the official location of the 2020 CEO Symposium. All symposium events will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country at a negotiated rate of $179, plus room tax. The special room rate is guaranteed only if reservations are made prior to February 12, 2020. Reservations made after this date are on a space available basis only.

NOTE: To book your hotel accommodations, registration is required. A hotel reservation link will be provided in your registration confirmation email.



The schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, February 27    

10:00 a.m. − 5:00 p.m.           New CEO Workshop Part 2   Sonoma Mountain

1:15 p.m. − 5:15 p.m.              Registration

2:00 p.m. − 5:00 p.m.              CEOCCC Board Meeting   Chalk Hill

5:30 p.m.                                        Welcome Reception   Russian River Valley

Friday, February 28  

8:00 a.m. − 3:45 p.m.              Registration

8:00 a.m. − 3:45 p.m.              Exhibit

8:30 a.m. − 9:30 a.m.              Breakfast Sessions or Breakfast-Only Option

  • Ellucian   Sonoma Mountain
  • WLC Architects   Chalk Hill

Alexander Valley I & II

9:30 a.m.                                        Welcome/Introductions, Chair, CEOCCC Board  

10:15 a.m.                                     The 2020’s and Community Colleges: A new kind of leadership

                                                            Rallying local leadership to ensure stronger, more vibrant communities

12:00 p.m.                                     Lunch

1:00 p.m.                                        CCCAA Strategic Plan  

1:30 p.m.  − 1:50 p.m.             League Update & CEOCCC Business Meeting

2:00 p.m. − 2:45 p.m.              Update on the Statewide Oversight Committee and SCFF Taskforce

2:45 p.m. − 3:30 p.m.              CEO Table Discussions

  • Strategies to Implement SCFF

3:30 p.m.                                        Networking

4:00 p.m.                                       CEO Site Visit to Shone Farm at Santa Rosa Junior College

  • Tour of Shone Farm & Networking Reception

 Saturday, February 29 

8:00 a.m. − 3:45 p.m.              Registration

8:00 a.m. − 3:45 p.m.              Exhibit

8:00 a.m. − 8:50 a.m.               Breakfast Sessions or Breakfast-Only Option

  • Liebert Cassidy Whitmore   Sonoma Mountain
  • Affordability Taskforce and Gensler   Chalk Hill

Alexander Valley I & II

9:00 a.m.                                       Keynote: Dr. Victor Rios, Professor, UC Santa Barbara (author, speaker)

                                                           Community College Projected Self-Actualization: The Role of Emotional Support in Student Success

10:15 a.m.                                    Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.                                    Update and Discussion of Statewide Programs (CEOs Only)

  • Fiscal Monitoring Discussion
  • Strong Workforce
  • System of Support Program

12:00 p.m.                                    Lunch

1:00 p.m. − 2:15 p.m.              Keynote: Dr. Shaun Harper, Professor, University of Southern California, and Founder/Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center

2:30 p.m. − 3:30 p.m.              CEO Table Discussions

  • Leading an Equity Agenda at Your College of District

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.              Networking

3:30 p.m. − 5:15 p.m.             CSLP Advisory Committee Meeting   Russian River Valley I

5:30 p.m.                                     Retiree Recognition Reception, hosted by Liebert Cassidy Whitmore   Dry Creek Valley Patio

6:30 p.m.                                     2020 Retiree Recognition Dinner   Dry Creek Valley Ballroom

Sunday, March 1  

8:30 a.m.                                        Breakfast

9:00 a.m.  − 10:00 a.m.           Conversation with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley   Alexander Valley I

10:30 a.m.                                     SCFF Taskforce Meeting  

11:30 a.m.                                     Adjourn


Keynote Speakers


Saturday, February 29

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Community College Projected Self-Actualization: The Role of Emotional Support in Student Success

Dr. Victor M. Rios

Professor and Author, UC Santa Barbara

Professor Rios's work analyzes the role of social control and education in determining the well-being of young people living in urban marginality; tracks the social consequences of the punitive state and punitive social control-across institutional settings; and examines young people’s resilience and responses to social marginalization. He uses insight from his research to promote equitable policies and develop programs to improve the lives of marginalized youths.

Rios’s book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press, 2011), analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth. In his latest book Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth (University of Chicago Press, 2017) Rios finds the traditional good kid/bad kid, street kid/decent kid dichotomy is much too simplistic, arguing instead that authorities and institutions help create these identities—and that they can play an instrumental role in providing young people with the resources for shifting between roles.

Professor Rios was awarded the 2017 Public Understanding of Sociology Award by the American Sociological Association. He is currently Chair of the Latina/o Sociology Section, American Sociological Association. Rios engages in multiple public sociology projects. One of his recent projects is an intervention with high school students that have been pushed-out. His Ted Talk “Help for the Kids the Education System Ignores” has garnered over 1.3 million views.


1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Advancing Culturally Responsive College Campuses

Dr. Shaun Harper

Provost Professor of Management and Organization; Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership; USC Race and Equity Center Executive Director

Dr. Harper studies racial, gender, and LGBT issues in corporations, law firms, Hollywood production companies, K-12 schools, and universities. He also is an expert on college sports. Dr. Harper has consulted with more than 200 businesses and institutions on strategies related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. He has published 12 books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications, and procured $13 million in research grants. His research has been cited in over 10,000 published studies. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Washington Post, Black Enterprise, and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he was Assistant Director of MBA Admissions for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Dr. Harper spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured full professor. Dr. Harper holder a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Retiree Recognition Dinner


The Chief Executive Officers of California Community Colleges are proud to recognize and honor the retirees of 2020.

Retiree Recognition Honorees


   Jill Board


   Cerro Coso Community College

   Retiring June 2020




   Gari Browning


   Ohlone CCD

   Retiring June 2020



Also Recognizing 2019- 2020 Retirees

Bruce Baron, San Bernardino CCD, Chancellor (Dec. ’19)

Marlon Hall, Lassen CCD, Superintendent/President (Dec. ’19)

Fred Wood, Contra Costa CCD, Chancellor (Dec. ’19)