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June 15, 2016

Dr. Kathleen Rose named President / Superintendent of Gavilan College

At their meeting on June 14, 2016, the Board of Trustees of Gavilan Joint Community College District named Dr. Kathleenphoto of Dr. Kathleen RoseRose as the next President / Superintendent of Gavilan College. The appointment includes a two-year contract with compensation of $239,000 in year one.

Board President Laura Perry said: “It is an honor to announce that the Board has unanimously selected Dr. Kathleen Rose as President / Superindendent of Gavilan College. The Board looks forward to working with Dr. Rose on our shared vision, which includes our new campuses in Coyote Valley and Hollister."

In January, 2016, the Board of Trustees initiated a nationwide search for a new president, to replace Dr. Steven M. Kinsella, who had announced his retirement. A professional consultant was enlisted to lead the process. A screening committee composed of board members, administrators, staff, faculty, students, and community members selected three finalists. The Board of Trustees then interviewed the three finalists, recommending Dr. Kathleen Rose.

Dr. Kathleen Rose has been serving the California Community College system since 2002, with the past seven years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Instruction Officer at Gavilan College. Prior to coming to Gavilan Dr. Rose was the Vice President of Instruction and the Dean of Fine Arts, Language Arts and Social Sciences at Hartnell College in Salinas. Before returning to service with the community colleges, Dr. Rose was the Associate Dean and Campus Director at Chapman University for twenty years, where she administered undergraduate and graduate programs in Arizona and California at military and community locations. In addition, Dr. Rose has taught as a part time faculty member for the past thirty years at the undergraduate and graduate level in psychology and organizational leadership at a number of colleges and universities.

Dr. Rose has a BA in English and Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo, a M.Ed in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona and an Ed.D. with a major in Educational Leadership and a minor in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. Dr. Rose also has a National Counselor Certification and has worked as an agency counselor and as a private therapist. She has spoken at national conferences on topics in higher education, particularly leadership development for women and has served on a number of doctoral dissertation committees.

Dr. Rose is originally from Canandaigua, New York and moved to California in 1999. She has two adult children who are married and live in Salinas and Sacramento. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Gilroy, class of 2011 and is active in Gilroy Rotary. She is planning a schedule of events that will serve as opportunities for the public to meet with her.


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