West Hills College Coalinga — President

West Hills College Coalinga, located in rural southern Fresno County, is surrounded by the picturesque West Hills and sits in the middle of the Central Valley’s world famous agricultural fields and orchards where Californians grow, harvest and ship food to the entire world.

WHCC is one of the state’s earliest community colleges, founded in 1932. Among its unique programs are a popular Psychiatric Technician program along with the Farm of the Future which houses training facilities for agricultural science students and is home to men’s and women’s rodeo teams that compete with small and large colleges in both California and Nevada.

The campus is part of a two college district that serves the central San Joaquin Valley. It is predominantly rural and a number of our students are economically challenged by location. District students are diverse and geographically disbursed.

WHCC is part of a District that has won accolades for its pioneering work that saw significant increases in underrepresented enrollment and success among Hispanic and underserved students. Our District vision statement is: “The relentless pursuit of student success.”

The college is poised for future expansion in the near future and the new President will preside over major construction projects. These include replacing the existing men’s and women’s residence halls and building a brand new facility to replace the current home of North District Center, Firebaugh, a learning center located an hour’s drive to the north.

The District recently earned one of the California Higher Education Innovation Awards, which came with $2.5 million in funding for improving policies, practices and systems. The recognition was for our revolutionary advance-registration system, Reg365, which allows students to register for classes a year in advance.

The college has earned a reputation for maintaining a solid financial footing and enjoys strong support from the diverse communities we serve.

The new President will inherit a team of educators that are innovative and focused on our mission to enhance the lives of the people we serve. We are proud to have led the way in developing educational plans, priority registration, and OER.

The President sits on the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet and will interact with and support the leadership of both the sister college in Lemoore and the District.

The ideal candidate for this position will be comfortable working and living in a rural setting. The Coalinga campus is near Fresno, the closest urban area, and Visalia, Hanford and Lemoore. By car, Coalinga is a 90-mile drive to California’s scenic central coast and about three hours from Yosemite National Park and related mountain resort areas.

The best candidate will possess the following outlook:
If this is the time in your life when you want to make a difference in the lives of the communities we serve, keep reading. You will love it here if you honor these principles and if these values statements resonate with you:

  • We value our professional working relationships with the Board of Trustees, faculty, classified staff, students and our communities.
  • We view our diverse community as an asset and encourage diversity in our workforce.
  • We work hard to remain in a very strong fiscal condition.
  • We enjoy strong support from within our communities.
  • We are comfortable using technology in performing our daily tasks.
  • We live, eat, and breathe student success.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a traditional organizational hierarchy you’re going to be uncomfortable here. Our organization is flatter than most. We all wear many hats.

  • If you don’t want to spend much time interacting with students and faculty, this is not the place for you.
  • Our college administrators are approachable; if you are more comfortable being addressed by your title rather than your first name, you should not apply.
  • If you are not comfortable examining what you’re doing on a continual basis and using data to make decisions, you probably won’t be able to contribute to our success.
  • If you have not used your communication skills—both written and oral—to persuade, inspire and engage people and groups in sometimes uncomfortable conversations, keep looking.

In summary:
West Hills College Coalinga seeks a leader who is serious about making a difference in the lives of our students, our community and our institution. WHCC includes the Farm of the Future, our unique Ag and Industrial Science learning complex with adjacent rodeo and livestock arenas.