Accreditation External Evaluation Visiting Team

Contra Costa College
Accreditation External Evaluation Visiting Team
October 6th – 9th, 2014

Ms. Sylvia ThomasMs. Sylvia Thomas

Associate Vice Chancellor of Educational Service, Riverside Community College District

Visiting Team Chair

As Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Services for Riverside Community College District, Sylvia Thomas’ responsibilities include providing leadership for the development, supervision and coordination of the District’s educational programs, evaluations office, articulation, program review, and learning outcomes/assessment. She is the administrative chair of the District Curriculum Committee, oversees the district’s course and program inventory, and provides leadership for the district’s Open Campus (distance education program). She prepares reports for the state Chancellor’s office for the district’s credit and non-credit programs and coordinates the preparation of the college catalog and schedule of classes for the district’s three colleges. Her involvement at the community college includes 26 years of both administrative and teaching experience. Prior to her current position, she served as Special Assistant to the President, Chancellor’s Accreditation Liaison Officer for the District, Dean of Instruction, Dean of Instructional Support Services and Campus Dean. She holds tenure as a faculty member in the discipline of reading and continues to teach at least one section during each of the primary terms.

In addition to her district duties, Sylvia is currently the Interim Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Human Resources. She has previously served on accreditation teams as the executive assistant to the Chair, as a team member for comprehensive and follow up or special visits, and as the lead for one or more of the Standards. Her MA in Education is from Pepperdine University.


Ms. Naomi Foley (Team Assistant)
Instructional Support Coordinator, Riverside Community College District


Dr. Lisa AllenDr. Lisa Allen

Professor of Art History, Irvine Valley College

Dr. Lisa Davis Allen holds a Doctor of Philosophy in European History from the University of Texas at Arlington with areas of expertise in Baroque Art and Cartography; and additionally holds a Masters of Arts in History, and graduate Certification in Museums and Archives Administration. As an undergraduate, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking. After teaching in the online modality for nearly a decade, Dr. Davis Allen completed an Online Educator Occupational Skills Award in 2013, further advancing her implementation of best practices in online delivery. In addition to Lisa’s degrees and certificates, she completed two Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA)-sponsored training programs in 2012-2013 (Leadership Pathway Program and ACCCA ADMIN 101).

Dr. Davis Allen has spent nearly three decades working in both two and four-year institutions of higher education where she has not only been responsible for course and program development, but also continually has embraced leadership roles. Lisa’s accomplishments demonstrate a commitment to student success, faculty support and administrative collaboration. Serving as Art Department Chair from 2007-2014, she has been responsible for the management of degree and certificate programs, student success, faculty and all dedicated facilities needs. As a faculty leader, Dr. Davis Allen held the position of Academic Senate President from 2009 to 2012. Lisa has also served her institution as the Distance Education Coordinator and co-chaired the Distance Education Task Force.

Today, Dr. Davis Allen continues her professional work in art history, both in and out of the classroom. A native Texan, she divides her leisure time between the West Coast and the Gulf Coast.


Ms. Della AndersonMs. Della Anderson

Director of Planning, Policy & Assessment, Leeward Community College

Della Anderson is the Director of Planning, Policy, and Assessment at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawai‘i.   She started her career at Leeward CC as an Accounting instructor in 1999. She taught Accounting and Business Computer Systems courses for 10 years and also served as the Business Division chair. She accepted an interim appointment as Dean of Academic Services for 2 ½ years. She was appointed to her current position as a director in January 2012. In her current position, Della leads an office focused on institutional research, planning and budgeting, policy development, grant coordination, assessment support, and accreditation issues.




Dr. Santanu BandyopadhyaySantanu Bandyopadhyay

Executive Vice President of Educational Programs & Student Services, Cypress College

Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Ph. D., has worked in research and assessment for most of his career. As the Director of Institutional Research at Zane State College, Dr. Santanu was involved with “Achieving the Dream” initiative that focused on bridging the achievement gap and identifying roadblocks experienced by community college students. He has presented the “Zane State Experience” in many national conferences.

Dr. Santanu moved to California in 2009 as Director of IR & Planning at Cypress College. He served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer from 2009 to 2013, provided leadership to SLO assessment and developed a framework for institutional effectiveness. Currently, as the Executive Vice President, he provides leadership to instruction and student services at Cypress College.

Before moving into the USA and higher education, Dr. Santanu worked as Research Director in the advertising industry. His interests are marketing, management, consumer behavior, research methods and inferential statistics. Dr. Santanu has taught at both four-year institution and community college system. He also has extensive training experience in the corporate segment, having taught in both Asia and Europe.


 Ms. Mary DominguezMs. Mary Dominguez

Dean of Student Affairs, Hartnell College

Mary Dominguez currently serves as the Dean of Student Affairs/Enrollment Services at Hartnell College, in Salinas, California. During a transitional period for the college, she served as the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs at Hartnell College for 15 months. In April 2013, Mary returned to her current position where she oversees Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, International Students, and the Veterans Program. Mary has over 31 years of experience in Student Services within the California Community College System.   She served as the Student Affairs liaison to the College’s Accreditation Team during their last Accreditation visit in March 2013. She holds an AA Degree from Hartnell College, a BA from St. Mary’s College, and a Master’s degree from University of Laverne.




Dr. Angela R. FairchildsDr. Angela R. Fairchilds

President, Columbia College

Dr. Angela Fairchilds has over 34 years of experience in higher education including more than fourteen years as a leader in community colleges in both Arizona and California. Currently she serves as the President of Columbia College in the Yosemite Community College District. Dr. Fairchilds has previously served on several External Evaluation Teams on behalf of ACCJC. Among her greatest professional accomplishments is having led Woodland Community College to achieve Initial Accreditation through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to become the 110th Community College in California in 2008.

Dr. Fairchilds is a first-generation college student who took her first college course at Cerro Coso Community College at the age of 26 years old.   She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management (magna cum laude) and an MBA in Information Systems from Golden Gate University, as well as a Ph.D. in Higher Education with emphasis in Community College Administration from the University of Arizona.

As a college leader, Dr. Fairchilds strongly believes in the importance of being involved in the community. She has a passionate and enduring commitment to community colleges and to the students and communities they serve.


Mr. Mark GreenhalghMr. Mark Greenhalgh

Dean of Math & Computer Science; Acting Dean of Natural Sciences, Fullerton College

Mark Greenhalgh earned his B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics from CSU Fullerton in 1983 and 1985 respectively, and began working at Fullerton College in August 1986, when hired as part of a grant to create and implement a large-scale mathematics remediation program on the campus of CSU Fullerton. After two years in the program, he began teaching in all areas of the mathematics curriculum: from Pre-Algebra, through the Algebra sequence, to Liberal Arts Mathematics, Business Calculus, and beyond. He served two terms as chair of the college Curriculum Committee, and from 2001 to 2003 was the college’s Staff Development Coordinator.   In 2003, he was appointed as an Administrative Intern for Academic Services, and followed that by serving for one semester as Interim Dean in Technology and Engineering Division. After two more years in the classroom, he was selected as the Interim Dean for Math and Computer Science, a position that he held until his selection as permanent dean in spring 2009. Since fall 2012, he also has responsibility as acting Dean of the Natural Sciences. He is currently on the Board of the CA Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development, and serves as treasurer of the CA Math Council for Community Colleges – South. His accreditation experience includes serving on teams at three California Community Colleges, and one college in the Hawaii Community College System.


Ms. Carol HiltonMs. Carol Hilton

Vice President of Administrative Services, Saddleback College

Carol Hilton has served as Vice President for Administrative Services at Saddleback College since 2012. She manages a $110M general fund budget and administrative functions to include Maintenance and Operations, Information Technology (IT), Grants and Contracts, Student Payment Office, Veterans Office, and Campus Police. She is also co-chair of the Planning and Budget Committee, Chair of College Resource Committee, and Chair of Strategic Plan Goal to ‘strengthen long term financial health through integrated planning and resource allocation.’ She is a member of various district-wide planning and budget committees. She has also been a member of the College Accreditation Steering Committee for five accreditation cycles and lead development of the resources standard each time. Her previous positions include College Director of Fiscal Services and Budget Manager for a K-12 district.



Ms. Frances LeonardMs. Frances Leonard

Professor of English, West Los Angeles Community College

A lifelong educator, at West Los Angeles College, Fran Leonard serves as Chair of Language Arts, Professor of English, Chair of the College Council, Puente Learning Community English instructor, Academic Senate Senator-at-Large, member of the Budget Committee and the District’s Project Match Steering Committee. She also served as the college’s Faculty Chair of Accreditation 2006-2012. Fran earned her B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, served in the Peace Corps and earned her M.A. in English at California State University, Sacramento.





Mr. John M. Means

Mr. John Means

Associate Chancellor of Economic & Workforce Development, Kern Community College District

John Means is the Associate Chancellor, Economic and Workforce Development for the Kern Community College District with over 30 years’ experience in education, training, and administration. His current responsibilities include strategic planning, student success initiatives, oversight, and implementation for all of the Career and Technical Education programs, economic development programs, grants, and community education programs for all three colleges in the district. John started teaching at the community college as an adjunct faculty and then full time in psychology and child development and holds a lifetime community college teaching credential and an Adult Education Multiple Subjects credential. John has also been serving as the interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services since July 2012.




Mr. Robert LeeMr. Robert Lee

Professor & Writing Center Coordinator, Pasadena City College

Rob Lee earned a BA in English Literature from UCLA in 1981. Soon after, he started his English teaching career in China. When he returned from China, he was a teaching assistant at USC while he was earning his master’s degree in Applied Linguistics (1986).

He was the ESL teacher at South Pasadena High School for six years from 1986 to 1992. Since 1992, he has been a full-time faculty member at Pasadena City College. He started in the ESL department but later switched to the English department. He has been the Writing Center Coordinator for the past 8 years.

Professor Lee has participated in two WASC accreditation reviews, one for Yucca Valley High School and one for Crafton Hills College. During his 22 years at PCC, he has been a member and the chair of the Faculty Technology Committee, a faculty representative on the academic senate, and a founding member of the PCC Social Activities Committee.



Ms. Cheryl StewartMs. Cheryl Stewart

Librarian, Coastline Community College

Cheryl Stewart has been the librarian for Coastline Community College for over 14 years. She is currently chair for the Professional Development Institute and Academic Senate vice-president for legislative issues, She serves on the following college committees: Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation (PIEAC); Program Review; Curriculum; and Distance Learning/ Technology. In addition, Cheryl is a member of the California Open Educational Resources Council, an intersegmental group of faculty members developing policies and procedures that will enable development, evaluation, and adoption of free or low-cost OER textbooks in California colleges and universities. Cheryl was faculty co-chair for Standard II when Coastline was going through its self-study in 2012, and has participated on four accreditation teams.




Mr. Mark A. YeagerMr. Mark A. Yeager

Professor of Chemistry, Mira Costa College

Mark is originally from Olympia, Washington, and attended the University of Puget Sound before earning a B. S. degree in Chemistry, from Principia College in Illinois. He later earned an A. M. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.  After teaching at Principia College for a few years, he continued his graduate studies at Stanford University, before accepting his current position in the Chemistry Department at MiraCosta College, in Oceanside.  While at MiraCosta, Mark has served on several academic senate and district governance committees.  He has also served as Academic Senate President, and as Co-chair of the Budget and Planning Committee, the College Steering Council, the Governance Organization Committee, and the Comprehensive Master Plan Team.  Mark is currently Immediate Past President of the Academic Senate, and Faculty Vice-chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee.