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Chancellor Search Finalists Open Forum

Students, faculty, staff, administrators and the community are invited to meet and learn more about the three finalists during a virtual open forum.


Date: Monday, October 25, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Each forum will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 attendees and no registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to connect to the Zoom webinar as early as possible to get a "seat".  If the Zoom webinar is full, individuals may observe the meeting on YouTube Live Stream. Each finalist will take part in a one-hour forum, which will be open and broadcast to the public. The virtual public forum schedule is as follows for each finalist:

  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza
  • 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Dr. Omid Pourzanjani
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Dr. Carole Goldsmith

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Candidate Bios

Dr. Biatriz Espinoza

Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza

Dr. Beatriz Espinoza has been in higher education for over 30 years. She has served as a researcher, faculty, counselor, administrator, and chief executive officer. Her passion in higher education stems from her background as a migrant farm worker. She learned early on that going to college was the path to a better future. She began her college pathway with the help of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Scholarship. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and continued her studies earning the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her career transitioned from the university to community college because of her interest to serve more students through its open-door policy. She completed a post-doctorate in community college leadership at the University of Texas at Austin and was a Kellogg Fellow with Minority Serving Institutions/Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). That training further developed her knowledge and experiences in community college administration. She entered administration as a director and continued her career path as a dean, vice president, vice chancellor, and college president. Each expanding her breadth and depth of serving diverse students more equitably.

Over the years Dr. Espinoza has shared her work by authoring professional journal articles, book chapters, and presenting at regional, state, and national conferences on various topics of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. She has served on numerous boards and committees for economic development, school districts, foundations, non-profit organizations, universities, and civic organizations.

Dr. Espinoza is passionate about community college education. She is committed to ensuring that the benefits of college, both career technical and transfer education, are accessible and successful for all students that seek a better future. She continues to be awed by the ripple effect of student success as it transforms families, communities, regions, and beyond.

Dr. Omid Pourzanjani

Dr. Omid Pourzanjani

Dr. Pourzanjani is an immigrant, an ESL student, and a first-generation college student. He worked to support himself starting at the age of 15 and attributes his ability to move from low income to middle income to his community college CTE certificate and AA degree. Since then, he has served higher education institutions in various positions including Professor, Academic Senate Officer, Department Chair, Instructional Dean, CTE and Workforce Development Dean, Enrollment Management Dean, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Chief Student Services Officer, Chief Instructional Officer, Vice Chancellor, and Superintendent President.

He believes his personal experiences help him relate with the students we serve and makes him passionate about and committed to helping them achieve their educational goals. The ideas of equity, diversity, and inclusion are core to his beliefs, and he is passionate about making college education and college life accessible for all students. His success as an educational leader has been founded upon building strong relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, board members, community members, and policymakers.

Dr. Pourzanjani concurrently worked in various executive leadership positions in high-tech private industry focusing on innovation, organizational efficiency, and effective budget management.

Dr. Pourzanjani is a graduate of Santa Monica College, holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from CSU, Long Beach, and a doctorate in Education from UCLA. He is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have two children (and a dog).

Dr. Carol Goldsmith

Dr. Carole Goldsmith

Dr. Goldsmith has served as President of Fresno City College since August 2016. During her tenure, she has collaborated with faculty and staff in the redesign of the college organizational structure to better foster equity and efficiency. Under her leadership, FCC has accomplished a consecutive 3-year record-breaking graduation rate, comprehensive strategic planning cycle, and has implemented new practices to improve transparency. Dr. Goldsmith guided the college through a successful accreditation review, which resulted in the reaffirmation of accreditation. Recently, she facilitated college and community discussions that culminated in nearly $17M in Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program funds for the development of the new West Fresno Campus.

Prior to joining SCCCD, Dr. Goldsmith served as President of West Hills College Coalinga and held the office of Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Workforce Development during her 13-year tenure with West Hills Community College District in rural West Fresno County.

Dr. Goldsmith has lived in Fresno County for nearly four decades and earned a bachelor's degree in history from CSU, Fresno, a master's degree in educational administration from National University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership from the joint doctorate program at CSU, Fresno and UC Davis.

Dr. Goldsmith has two adult children and lives in Fresno with her fiancé Melissa, a local real estate professional. Dr. Goldsmith enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dogs.