CEO Symposium

Fri, Mar 1, 2019 to Mon, Mar 4, 2019
Kona Kai Resort, San Diego
General Info

We invite CEOs from throughout the state to attend the 2019 CEO Symposium, March 1-4, 2019. The CEO Symposium is the premier convening of California Community College chancellors and presidents. CEOs engage with colleagues from north to south to address the challenging issues and the opportunities facing our system. The CEO Symposium will provide a forum honest discussions and sharing of best practices in strategic leadership, public policy, and student success and access in California community colleges. 

This is a CEO only event. 

Download the 2019 Program


The schedule is subject to change.

Friday, March 1

10:00 a.m.                   New CEO Workshop Part 2     

2:00 p.m.                     CEOCCC Board Meeting           
                                    La Jolla

5:30 p.m.                     Welcome Reception                      
                                    Cabo Courtyard

Saturday, March 2

8:30 a.m.                     Breakfast Sessions or Breakfast-Only Option       
                                    Point Loma Terrace

                                    Breakout Session: Liebert Cassidy Whitmore                
Point Loma 1 / Coronado / La Jolla

9:30 a.m.                     General Sessions | Welcome/Introductions, Chair, CEOCCC Board  | Point Loma 2

10:15 a.m.                  Promise Programs Panel                                                    
                                           Moderated by Dr. Martha Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign,
                                           Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education (2009-2013)

11:30 a.m.                  Update on OEI and Course Exchange
                                           Jory Hadsell, Executive Director, CCC Online Education Initiative

12:00 p.m.                  Lunch       
                                   Marina View Lawn

1:15 p.m.                     Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Update                                  

1:30 p.m.                     Accreditation Update – Richard Winn, President, ACCJC      

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.         Panel Update – CEO Student Centered Funding Formula  
                                            •  CEO Table Discussions

3:30 p.m.                    Networking      

5:30 p.m.                    Reception       

Sunday, March 3

8:00 a.m.                     Breakfast Sessions or Breakfast-Only Option    Point Loma Terrace/ Point Loma 1 / Coronado / La Jolla

9:00 a.m.                     Keynote: John B. King, President and CEO, The Education Trust   
                                    Point Loma 2

10:15 a.m.                  Coffee Break | Point Loma Foyer

10:30 a.m.                  League Update & CEOCCC Business Meeting                                        

10:30 a.m.                  Coffee Meeting with Dr. John King (Ed Trust invitation only)

11:00 a.m.                  Preparing, Responding, and Recovering from Emergencies and Disasters       

12:00 p.m.                  Lunch | Marina View Lawn

1:00 p.m.                    Affordability, Food & Housing Access Update    
                                        •  CEO Table Discussions

3:00 p.m.                    Networking Time                                                               

3:00 p.m.                    CEO Leadership Academy Meeting | Del Mar

6:00 p.m.                    Retiree Recognition Reception, hosted by Liebert Cassidy Whitmore    
                                   Point Loma Terrace

7:00 p.m.                    2019 Retiree Recognition Dinner | Point Loma 1  

                                           2019 Retiree Recognition Dinner Program
  • Teresa Dreyfuss, Superintendent/President of Rio Hondo College
  • Kathy Hart, Superintendent/President of San Joaquin Delta College
  • Cindy Miles, Chancellor, Grossmont Cuyamaca CCD
  • Regina Stanback Stroud, President of Skyline College

Monday, March 4

8:00 a.m.                     Closing Breakfast | Cabo Courtyard

8:30 a.m.                     A Conversation with Heather Hiles, CEO, California Online Community College | Coronado

9:30 a.m.                     Closing Remarks and Adjourn | Coronado


Download the tentative schedule-at-a-glance.


Registration Rates

CEO Symposium Conference Fee – $525
Fee includes conference registration, materials, and all meals. Conference fees do not include hotel accommodations. Separate booking is required.

Guest Meals 
Saturday Reception  $60

Retiree Dinner $80                                    

Full payment by credit card is due at the time of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.orgRegistration will close on Wednesday, February 20th.

Cancellation Policy
All refund requests must be made in writing. To request a refund for your registration email Sadie Brown at A $50 processing fee will be charged for all refunds. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after Friday, February 8.

Hotel & Travel

Hotel & Travel

Kona Kai Resort & Spa
1551 Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 221-8000

Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego is the official location of the 2019 CEO Symposium. All conference events will be held at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa at a negotiated rate of $179, plus room tax. The special room rate is guaranteed only if reservations are made prior to February 13, 2019. Reservations made after that date are on a space available basis only.

The designated room block is now closed. For room reservations after February 13, please contact for availability.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Sunday, March 3rd

John B. King Jr.
President and CEO, The Education Trust
Former U.S. Secretary of Education

John B. King Jr. is the President and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps. Based in Washington, DC, The Education Trust focuses on research, awareness and advocacy. 

King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. King will engage in ideas to expand excellence and equity in education for students of color and those from low-income families from pre-kindergarten through college.


College Promise Presentation -  Martha Kanter, College Promise Campaign Executive Director

OEI Update -  Jory Hadsell, CCC Online Education Initiative Executive Director

ACCJC Accreditation Update -  Richard Winn, ACCJC President

League Update

Butte College Camp Fire -  Samia Yaqub, Butte College Superintendent/President