Marvin Martinez was appointed the Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) in July 2019. As Chancellor of one of the largest community college districts in the state of California, Mr. Martinez oversees a district that covers one quarter of the land area of Orange County, registers an annual enrollment of more than 80,000 students, and is one of the largest employers in the region with more than 4,000 employees. RSCCD has eight major facilities locations, including the main college campuses of Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College.
Prior to joining RSCCD, Mr. Martinez was President of East Los Angeles College where under his leadership the number of transfers to the UC and CSU system rose dramatically and, according to Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine, the college ranked #1 in California for community college degrees and certificates granted to Hispanic students in 2017. He also served as President of Los Angeles Harbor College from 2010-2013 where he was responsible for $444 million in bond construction, balancing the college budget in his first year as college President, and making significant gains in student success.
Mr. Martinez has been a member of the board of the Chief Executive Officers for California Community Colleges (CEOCCC) since 2015 and is also a member of the College Board's Community College Advisory Panel, which works to promote national recognition of the role community colleges plan in providing access to higher education.
Chancellor Martinez, a native of El Salvador, immigrated to Brooklyn, New York and then moved to Long Beach, California where he graduated from Long Beach Wilson High. Martinez earned a Master's Degree in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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