College Presidents

Dr. Carole Goldsmith
Dr. Carole Goldsmith
President, Fresno City College

Dr. Goldsmith has been recognized on state and national levels as an expert on workforce development, contextualized learning, and career technical education. She is sought out as a public speaker on a wide range of educational issues. Goldsmith has spent over 20 years in a variety of educational leadership roles, and was appointed president of Fresno City College.

Before taking the helm at Fresno City College on August 1, 2016 Goldsmith served as president of West Hills College Coalinga for nearly four years. Prior to that, she held the office of vice chancellor of educational services and workforce development at West Hills. She started her career as a K-12 teacher at a small rural school, then as an administrator at an adult school and at a private post-secondary college. Dr. Goldsmith still visits the classroom as an adjunct professor at the university level.

Goldsmith has extensive expertise in building collaboration among faculty and industry, workforce investment boards and postsecondary educational agencies in order to identify and provide opportunities for students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for future employment in high demand fields. While at Fresno Unified, the California Department of Education awarded the vocational programs which she oversaw the coveted Program of Excellence Designation. In 2011, she was on loan to lead the Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change Consortium (C6) $19.9 million TAACCCT grant educational reform efforts.

Most recently, she is serving on the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors commissioned the task force with a goal to increase individual and regional economic competitiveness by providing California’s workforce with relevant skills and quality credentials that match employer needs and fuel a strong economy.

Dr. Goldsmith has served on a number of other boards including United Way, California Community College Administrators of Occupational Education and San Joaquin Clean Energy Organization. Dr. Goldsmith was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and later reappointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve on the Board of Directors of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.

Carole was awarded the Mariann Loniello Award from the California Community College Association of Community and Continuing Education in recognition of her work in education and economic development and she was recognized by California State University Alumni Association for her advancement of workforce education. Recently, she was named Outstanding Alumna by Fresno State Division of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Goldsmith believes that great cities include high performing education systems and understands the importance of education in providing opportunity to change lives and communities.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree in history at Fresno State, a master of science in educational administration from National University and her doctorate in educational administration from the Joint Doctorate program offered by Fresno State and U.C. Davis.

Contact Dr. Carole Goldsmith (559) 442-4600 ext 2210
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Dr. Sandra Caldwell
Dr. Sandra Caldwell
President, Reedley College

Dr. Sandra Caldwell began serving as the Reedley College president on July 1, 2013. In her first year as the president of three campuses she guided the college in the creation of an action plan to achieve the goals of the Strategic Plan. Under her direction, Reedley College fulfilled accreditation requirements and implemented standing accreditation, student success, and student learning outcomes committees focused on continuous quality improvement. By building a strong administrative team and improving campus operations with a new administrative structure she has helped to create a unity across all of the campuses. Not only has she led campus conversations on student engagement but she has invested in the students of State Center Community College District by establishing an endowed scholarship, the Native American Women’s Scholarship. Prior to Reedley College she served as the associate vice president for planning and improvement at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) since 2011. Dr. Caldwell was promoted from her position of associate vice president for student learning at Western Wyoming Community College where she served for six years. Prior to serving in Wyoming, Dr. Caldwell served as the quality assurance/institutional effectiveness chairperson and mathematics coordinator for six years at Paris Junior College in Texas.

In addition to her work at WWCC, Dr. Caldwell also served as a college and university accreditation peer reviewer and site visitor for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Further, Dr. Caldwell served in numerous volunteer capacities including past president of the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, which has granted more than $650,000 to help promote economic self-sufficiency of Wyoming’s women and girls.

Prior to WWCC, Dr. Caldwell worked for 10 years at Paris (Texas) Junior College (PJC) as quality assurance and institutional effectiveness chairperson, mathematics chair, and mathematics faculty. While serving as chair, she also served as curriculum coordinator for the Academy for Part-Time teachers in a consortium among Paris Junior College, Northeast Texas Community College, and Texarkana College. Prior to working at PJC, Dr. Caldwell served as a senior agriculturist for Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Oklahoma State University. She has also worked in private, small business and has operated a cow-calf ranching operation.

Dr. Caldwell earned a doctoral degree in supervision, curriculum, and instruction in higher education with emphasis in community colleges, from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a master’s degree in statistics from Oklahoma State University, and a bachelor’s in mathematics education from Oklahoma State University. She grew up in a rural area and got her own start in higher education at a rural-based community college, which served as her inspiration for working in community colleges.

Contact Dr. Sandra Caldwell (559) 638-3641 ext 3200 FAX (559) 649-8451
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Dr. Lori Bennett
Dr. Lori Bennett
President, Clovis Community College

Dr. Lori A. Bennett was appointed to serve as the second president of Clovis Community College in June of 2016.

Previously, Dr. Bennett served as the executive vice president at Moorpark College and was responsible for all instructional and student services programs, and she served in this position since June of 2013.  Prior to that, she was the dean of student learning, department chair, PACE program facilitator, new faculty orientation facilitator, faculty professional development facilitator and business professor at Moorpark College.  In addition to teaching at Tacoma Community College and Highline Community College in Washington, she has nearly 10 years of business experience.

Dr. Bennett received her B.S. in business from the University of Southern California, an M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Bennett is a native of the Central Valley, having graduated from high school in Bakersfield. She and he husband, Kenn, have three children, Michelle, Kristen and Michael.

Contact Dr. Lori Bennett (559) 325-5205
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