Jeannie G. Kim, Ph.D.
President, Santiago Canyon College
Jeannie G. Kim, Ph.D. was appointed President of Santiago Canyon College (SCC) in January 2023.
A champion of socio-economic mobility and the building of cultural and social networks via higher education, Dr. Kim is dedicated to creating equitable systems by identifying and dismantling barriers and rebuilding the appropriate infrastructure that is necessary for historically underserved and underrepresented students, thrive – intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Dr. Kim previously served as the Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Strategic Planning and Associate Vice Chancellor of Grants and Economic Development at Riverside Community College District as well as various administrative positions throughout her 32+ year career in higher education.
Her experience as a leader and change agent in private and public institutions including UC, CSU, and community colleges fuels her insights into how best to create communities of innovation within bureaucratic structures. She has a proven track record in succession planning, establishing organizational infrastructure, facilitating culture shifts, developing evaluation systems, as well as institutional and program operations. She is an expert in developing strategic partnerships, grant writing, program development and evaluation, research development, and all High Impact Practices from service-learning to undergraduate research.
Dr. Kim is a global keynote speaker and trainer on higher education, leadership and innovative practices. She has given talks on these topics in Russia, Japan, Cambodia, South Korea and throughout the U.S. Her career activities have influenced state and federal educational policies in the U.S. at all levels of education. She served as an organizational advisor to the Stanford Research Institute's think tank, Innovation for Jobs (i4j) and as product advisor to EAB Student Success Platform as well as to GainX Global, Inc., an innovation strategy management company featured in Forbes, Inc. Dr. Kim has also served on many national boards, most recently serving as co-president of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Educators (AHSIE) and was recently re-elected to her final three year term to the AHSIE Council.
As an immigrant to the U.S. with Korean as her original language, Dr. Kim was the first in her extended family to earn a doctoral degree. She earned her PhD in higher education policy, evaluation and reform from Claremont Graduate University and her master's from California State University, Fullerton and bachelor's from the University of California, Los Angeles, both in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on Asian and Asian-American Women.
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