President Search


Candidate Forums

All candidate forums will be held from 2 - 3 p.m. each day. Questions for candidates should be submitted through the below form by noon, Friday, April 23.


All candidate forums will be available for live-stream viewing on the Grossmont College YouTube channel and recordings will remain available for viewing after each forum. Forum viewers will have the option to provide feedback on the day of the forum until noon the following day.


Monday, April 26: Denise Whisenhunt, J.D.

Tuesday, April 27: Mary Gutierrez, Ed.D.

Wednesday, April 28: Marsha Gable, Ed.D.


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Grossmont College is one of two colleges in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District located in East San Diego County. Since 1961, Grossmont College has been transforming lives through education. The 135-acre campus sits on a picturesque plateau with park-like open spaces and panoramic views. Three major universities are nearby, downtown San Diego is less than 20 miles away, and the campus is centrally located with easy access to desert, mountains, and beach areas.


Grossmont College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, is a comprehensive community college serving approximately 17,000 students each semester who are pursuing degrees and certificates. Our students come from local, regional, national, and global communities, providing for an exceptionally diverse student population. Grossmont College has celebrated successively larger graduating classes and, in 2020, Grossmont College awarded 2,822 degrees and 1,519 certificates, the most in the college’s history. Grossmont College is ranked nationally as one of the top 100 associate degree-granting institutions and was ranked 55th in the country for Associate Degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook in Education Magazine. The College was named an Aspen Prize finalist in 2017 and 2019, and a Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Grossmont College was commended by ACCJC for its equity-focused mission statement, and for ensuring that college programs, services, and practices are aligned with the college mission.


Grossmont College’s approach to the delivery of education and support services is based on a strategic focus on student learning and success. That success is ensured via a robust shared governance process that includes our students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators.


Local and state facility bond measures provide resources for new buildings and critical technological enhancements to the learning environment. The college recently completed a brand new state-of-the -art Performing and Visual Arts Complex and funding is secured for a new Arts & Communication Complex; Science, Math, and Career Complex; and a Liberal Arts/Business Technology Complex.


For almost six decades, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has played a vital role in the social and economic development of San Diego’s East County by providing world-class, affordable education. The district’s service area spans 1,138 square miles from the City of San Diego east to Imperial County and south to the Mexican border. Together, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges serve more than 26,000 students with an operating budget of more than $134 million.


The Grossmont College President, under the direction of the Chancellor, leads the College in providing an exceptional learning environment that improves the quality of life and well-being of its community members and fosters high levels of access and success for all students. This visionary leader will provide robust and collaborative leadership through equity and anti-racist frameworks by:

  • Leading the college in its current online and remote environment, through its recovery and stabilization, and into a reimagined future.
  • Guiding the college to understand and adjust to the Student-Centered Funding Formula.
  • Supporting a Guided Pathways (GP) framework and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative.
  • Preparing for a likely economic downturn through fiscal responsibility and accountability.
  • Allocating resources to support and assure the quality of the college’s programming.
  • Implementing effective uses of technology to improve administrative processes and enrich teaching and learning for students, especially in the current remote teaching environment.

With an over-arching focus on promoting student access, diversity, and success, the President fulfills the following duties:

  • Institutional Leadership – Exercises strong, dynamic leadership to advance the College’s mission and values.
  • District Leadership – Serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet providing leadership for the District’s overall mission and strategic direction.
  • College Relationships – Works with all segments of the college community to ensure effective and respectful relations.
  • Multi-College District Relationships – Facilitates communication and understanding between the College community and the Chancellor, Cuyamaca College, District Services, and Governing Board.
  • Community Relationships – Fosters strong partnerships with area schools, universities, employers, community organizations, city, and government entities.
  • Shared Governance – Promotes a positive climate for and practice of collegial participatory governance.
  • Budget – Provides oversight for the development and management of the College budget to ensure fiscal integrity and strategic alignment with goals and priorities.
  • Learning– Ensures that the College meets the educational and training needs of the community and promotes learning for all students.
  • Accreditation – Leads the College in maintaining continuous compliance with accreditation standards.
  • Fundraising – Helps lead District advancement efforts and creatively seeks public and private funding resources to support the College’s goals.
  • Long-Range Planning –Works with all segments of the College, District, and community to create a bold, strategic framework for the College’s future.
  • Organizational Leadership – Organizes and focuses College resources to maximize student and organizational success; motivates employee engagement and accountability; promotes leadership at all levels.
  • Other Duties – Performs other duties assigned by the Chancellor.

Grossmont College is seeking a visionary leader who is empathetic, equity-minded, and committed to supporting anti-racist practices. The future President will be a visionary and strategic individual who will build upon a tradition of collaboration in pursuit of student success. The Search Committee, Chancellor, and Governing Board will evaluate potential candidates based on the following competencies and commitments.


  • Leads with cultural and racial competence and is responsive in creating and sustaining a welcoming and safe environment that supports teaching and learning.
  • Effectively uses data to identify equity gaps in student outcomes and then mobilizes the college to ensure the identified students have the appropriate resources to succeed.
  • Facilitates an environment of social justice, racial equity, and meaningful inclusion for all students, employees, and the broader community.
  • Makes evident a high level of understanding for students’ basic needs beyond academic support, such as food, housing, and mental health.
  • Implements strategies for hiring and retaining high quality faculty, staff, and administrators, especially from under-represented groups.
  • Serves as a leader who will establish a campus culture of fiscal accountability and stewardship.
  • Understands the statewide Student-Centered Funding Formula as it relates to a multi- college district, so that the college can maximize opportunities for funding.
  • Knows how to leverage and allocate existing resources to benefit students and the campus and lead collaborative efforts to improve efficiencies.
  • Recognizes all constituency groups’ values and unifies and directs that energy toward service to students.
  • Has a track record of developing faculty, classified staff, and administrators, and providing resources for professional growth.
  • Supports a partnership between academic affairs, student services, and administrative services.
  • Understands and is committed to shared governance and transparency in decision- making.
  • Is willing to listen and learn.
  • Practices an open, approachable, and accessible leadership style that respects and values the contributions and ideas of college constituencies and collective bargaining units.
  • Works with constituent groups to develop and communicate a clear vision for the college to inspire, motivate, and engage others. 
  • Is a forward-thinking leader who will develop innovative ways to recruit, retain, and support students, taking into account the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Is a dedicated education activist and transformational leader.
  • Is proactive with proven advocacy skills and a solid understanding of local, state, and national legislation that impacts community colleges.
  • Is a visible and approachable presence on campus.
  • Is an innovative problem solver and effective leader in managing multiple responsibilities and issues simultaneously.
  • Is a proud and assertive advocate for the college on campus and in the community.
  • Is aware of student issues on campus and seeks out student representation in decision- making. 
  • Is an ethical and trustworthy leader, who will serve as a role model for the college, students, and the community.
  • Appreciates and supports the Grossmont College sense of community, both within the college and between the college and the surrounding communities. Facilitates continuing and enhancing collaborative efforts with the K-12 districts and the surrounding communities to advance student access and success, particularly for underrepresented groups in higher education.
  • Forges partnerships with outside entities such as local governments, private companies, and community-based organizations to enhance student access and success.
  • Engages the College, the community, and its partners to increase enrollment and the College’s visibility throughout the service area.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of management experience, including three (3) years upper level administrative experience in a community college/higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural environment.
  • Significant prior responsibility for budget and organizational planning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of all facets of a comprehensive community college: instruction, student services, administrative services, and community engagement.
A master’s degree or higher, earned doctorate degree preferred, from accredited institutions.
Length of contract, and other terms and conditions of employment are competitive with those of similar California districts.
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District provides a comprehensive fringe benefit program including medical, prescription drugs, vision care, dental, life and income protection insurance for employees and dependents, and membership in the State Teachers’ Retirement System. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical will be required for the recommended candidate.

Please provide:


  1. A completed District online application. As part of the application, three (3) professional references are required. Finalists will be asked to provide additional references.
  2. A current and complete resume/Curriculum Vitae of educational, professional, and community experiences and accomplishments, particularly related to this position.
  3. A letter of application that specifically relates your professional experience and personal commitment to the specified competencies and commitments. Please limit your letter to no more than 5 pages.
  4. Unofficial academic transcripts. Official transcripts will be required for employment. 

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST

Initial interviews: April 6 – 8, 2021 via Zoom

Desired start date: July 1, 2021


JacQueLine Osborne, Senior Recruiter, GCCCD


Alyssa Brown, Director Human Resources, GCCCD


All inquiries and applications will be held in confidence until interviews with selected final candidates are confirmed.