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San Bernardino Community College District

Chancellor's Cabinet

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Chancellor's Cabinet

SBCCD is governed by a Board of Trustees and is led by Chancellor Diana Z. Rodriguez in conjunction with a diverse and passionate senior administration team. The Chancellor's Cabinet provides leadership and counsel to help ensure SBCCD continues opening doors of higher education and opportunity for all.

Diana Z. Rodriguez
Chancellor

Diana Z. Rodriguez

Diana Z. Rodriguez is the 16th chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District — a system that serves 20,000 students through Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, a workforce training facility, and KVCR public radio and television station. As the chief executive officer, Chancellor Rodriguez leads the district’s educational enterprise that generates economic growth for the Inland Empire by adding more than $621 million annually to the regional economy. She is the only Latina chancellor of a community college district in Southern California upon assuming office in August 2021. Like many SBCCD students, Chancellor Rodriguez is the first in her family to achieve a college education. She is a proud graduate of Palo Verde College and a transfer student to California State University, San Bernardino, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, a master’s degree in business administration, and another master’s degree in education. She is a doctoral candidate in Higher Educational Leadership at Northcentral University. Chancellor Rodriguez previously served as president of San Bernardino Valley College from July 2016 through July 2021. During her tenure, SBVC faculty and staff spearheaded educational strategies to earn the campus the highest level of accreditation — among the best in California. Chancellor Rodriguez has a long and distinguished career of more than 30 years working in higher education as a faculty member and an administrator, advocating for student success and a strong connection to the community. Before leading San Bernardino Valley College, she served as Vice President of Student Services and Interim Vice President of Academic Services at Las Positas College in the Bay Area of California and Vice President of Student Services at Palo Verde College in Blythe. Her accomplishments have drawn several awards, including the 2018 Woman of the Year Award for the 47th Assembly District of California. 

Jose F. Torres

Executive Vice Chancellor

Jose F. Torres

Jose F. Torres is the Executive Vice Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District where he oversees a $200 million operating budget that supports the mission of Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, and KVCR TV/FM. Torres previously served as SBCCD Interim Chancellor from December 2019 through July 2021, leading the district during the COVID-19 outbreak and through the creation of the SBCCD Safe Reopening Plan. Torres was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, he is the son of a laborer and a housemaid and the youngest of 11 siblings. Torres enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College and became the first in his family to pursue a college degree. With the support of teachers, counselors, and his wife Ati, Torres navigated the community college system and transferred to Cal Poly Pomona, where he earned a bachelor's in business administration and accounting and subsequently earned his master’s in public administration from Cal State San Bernardino. Driven by his desire to open doors of opportunity for others, Torres has dedicated his career working on expanding access to affordable housing and higher education. Before joining the San Bernardino Community College District, he served for nearly a decade as vice president of finance at the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino. Torres considers being a father one of the most important roles of his life. On weekends, he enjoys coaching and cheering on his daughter Nayah's soccer team.

Kevin Horan, Ed.D.

President, Crafton Hills College

Kevin Horan

Dr. Kevin Horan is the ninth president of Crafton Hills College. As president, he mobilizes the campus community to achieve its long-range educational and facilities master plan, and promotes the success of 6,000 students and more than 400 faculty and staff members. Horan comes to Crafton Hills College after 13 years with the Contra Costa Community College District, which includes Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley College, and Contra Costa College. Serving as the chief instructional officer of Los Medanos College, Horan focused on student achievement by increasing distance education offerings, implementing guided pathways, and strengthening dual enrollment partnerships with K-12 districts. Additionally, he led the planning and implementation of more than $125 million in bond-funded facilities projects including classroom modernization, technology upgrades, and new satellite campus. Before joining the Contra Costa Community College District in 2006, Horan served as the director of campus affairs at California State University East Bay’s Concord Campus, director of student affairs at Samuel Merritt University, and director of residence life/auxiliary services at Holy Names University. Horan earned an educational doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Mary’s College, a master of science in college student personnel from Western Illinois University, and a bachelor of arts in government and dramatic arts from Saint Mary’s College. When not working passionately on increasing student success and access to higher education, you will most likely find him camping with his wife, Erica, and two children, Sage and Reid.

Scott Thayer, Ed.D.

Interim President, San Bernardino Valley College

Scott Thayer

Dr. Scott Thayer began his tenure as Interim President of San Bernardino Valley College in August 2021. Having served as SBVC’s Vice President of Student Services since 2017 and in numerous administrative, leadership and faculty roles at California colleges and universities over the past 23 years, Dr. Thayer brings extensive higher education expertise for the continued benefit, growth, and success of SBVC. Dr. Thayer is an advocate for historically underrepresented students and an authority on student access, retention, equity, success, enrollment management, and K-20 partnerships. He is a founding member of Have Faith, Be Strong (HFBS)—a non-profit organization for childhood cancer awareness—and the African American Male Education Network and Development (A²MEND), an organization to engage young men of color in higher education. Dr. Thayer is an established grant writer, having secured over $5 million in grant funding to assist students in their pursuit of higher education. He continues to teach part-time in San Diego State University’s Community College Leadership program, where he mentors the next generation of community college leaders. Dr. Thayer received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Southern California; his Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Point Loma Nazarene University in California; his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rollins College in Florida, and his Associate of Arts from Normandale Community College in Minnesota. 

 

Kristina Hannon, M.A.

Vice Chancellor of Human Resources & Police Services

Kristina Hannon

Kristina Hannon is the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Police Services. In 2020, she was named Administrator of the Year by the Community College League of California African American Caucus. Hannon brings almost 20 years of experience in education, having served as Executive Director and Director of Human Resources and numerous other roles in K-12 schools and community college districts. Hannon uses her cultural and academic experiences to bring together stakeholders to increase trust and communication across the district and enhance training and understanding of equity, inclusion, and diversity, employee recruitment, retention, and student success. Hannon is committed to being a servant leader and empowering all people to live out their fullest potential. Hannon holds a bachelor's degree in paralegal services from the University of Iowa, a master's degree in human behavior from National University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology with a focus on industrial and organizational psychology from Grand Canyon University. 

Dr. Nohemy Ornelas
Vice Chancellor of Educational & Student Support Services

Dr. Nohemy Ornelas

Dr. Nohemy Ornelas is the Vice Chancellor of Educational and Student Services at the San Bernardino Community College District, where she oversees industry partnerships, workforce training, and manages programs to support students reach their academic and career goals. Throughout her 25 years serving the public and 18 years in higher education, Dr. Ornelas has promoted equity-minded programs to expand educational opportunities for students and families. Before joining SBCCD, Dr. Ornelas served as Associate Superintendent/Vice President for Student Services at Allan Hancock College, focusing on implementing the college’s Student Equity Plan, SSSP, Outreach Plan, the Noncredit Student Success and Support Plan, and the Student Equity and Achievement Program. She developed the college’s center for Dreamers, expanded the Student Veteran and DSPS programs, and rolled out the Hancock Promise. She has received numerous accolades, including the Future Leaders of America Latino Legacy Award, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Honored Alumni, the Pacific Coast Business Times 40 under 40 award, and Santa Barbara County’s Commission for Women Service Award. A first-generation college student, Dr. Ornelas began her educational career as a community college student, completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, master’s degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and earned her doctorate in education at California State University, Fresno.

Angel Rodriguez, M.Ed.

Associate Vice Chancellor of Government Relations & Strategic Communications

Angel Rodriguez

Angel Rodriguez serves the San Bernardino Community College District as Associate Vice Chancellor of Government Relations & Strategic Communications. In 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed him to serve on the California Student Aid Commission, the nation's largest state-run financial aid agency, administering $2.7 billion in grants for California students. Previously, Rodriguez was Associate Director of State and Regional Government and Community Relations at the University of California, Riverside, from 2014 to 2016. In 2012, he served as Strategic Communications Specialist for a college attainment initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National League of Cities, and City of Riverside Mayor’s Office. Rodriguez held multiple positions at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce from 2008 to 2012, including Government Affairs Manager, Communications Manager, and Community Development Coordinator. Additionally, he is a member of the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California Board of Directors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public service and political science and a master's degree in higher education administration and policy from the University of California, Riverside.