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Modesto Junior College President Search 2021

Three Finalists Selected - MJC Presidential Search – Forum Schedule

Forums held via ZOOM – Thursday, April 29, 2021

The following provides candidate Information, a recording of each Forum, and Feedback Forms:

Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay
Forum date/time:  April 29 - 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Forum Link Click Here to Watch the Forum
Feedback Form

Dr. Bandyopadhyay is currently the Interim President at Modesto Junior College.  His prior work experience includes serving as President at Columbia College, Executive Vice President of Educational Programs and Student Services  at Cypress College, Director of Institutional Research & Planning at Cypress College. He served as Director of Institutional Research, as well as, Interim Dean of Student Services at Zane State College, Budget & Policy Analyst at Ohio University, Research Director at Triton Communication, and Faculty - Information Technology at the National Institute of Information Technology. He holds both a Ph.D. in Higher Education and a Master Degree in Business Administration in Management from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Kolkata University.

Dr. Jonathan King
Forum date/time:  April 29 – 9:45 am to 10:30 am
Forum Link Click Here to Watch the Forum
Feedback Form

Dr. King is currently the Vice President of Student Services at Lake Tahoe Community College. His previous work experience includes serving as Dean of Counseling & Student Support Programs at Southwestern College, Chief Student Affairs Officer at Concorde College (San Diego Campus), Interim Campus President at Colorado Mountain College, Dean of Business and Applied Technology at Evergreen Valley College, Assistant Director of New Programs/Interim Director Dual Enrollment at Northwest Vista College, Executive Director of Educational Programming and Fund Development at BNC Inc., and Academic Counselor/ Dean of Students at Maxwell Int’l Baha’i’ School. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Educational Administration from Harvard University, a Masters from the International University of Japan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College.

Dr. Lena Tran
Forum date/time:  April 29 – 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Forum Link Click Here to Watch the Forum 
Feedback Form

Dr. Tran is currently serving as Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Innovation. Her prior work experience includes serving as Dean of Business and Workforce Development at Evergreen Valley College and Interim Dean of Social Science, Humanities, Arts, and Physical Education at Evergreen Valley College. At the University of California Silicon Valley Extension she was Director of three departments, Business and Management, Education, and Applied & Natural Sciences. She served as Employment Development Coach at San Jose One-stop/Institution for Business Performance, Co-Founder and Sales & Marketing Director for Viethome Magazine, Business Development Manager for Collabrys, and Business Development Manager at Realtech Systems. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Organizational and Leadership Development from the University of San Francisco, a Masters of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Seton Hall University, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing from Montclair State University.


Recruitment Process Overview and Timeline

Request for Proposal Process

Human Resources (HR) reached out to Executive Search Firms through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process on January 25, 2021 with a deadline of Friday, February 5, 2021.

Upon review and careful consideration of the costs, it was decided that the District would not engage the services of an Executive Search Consulting firm at this time.  The MJC Presidential Search would be conducted through the normal YCCD recruitment process with expanded advertisement.

Recruitment Posting

HR posted the position for recruitment on February 26, 2021 with a closing date of March 19, 2021.


The goal of advertising is to cast a wide net to attract a broad and diverse pool.

To ensure the position is advertised both at the state and national level, HR has posted the MJC President position with the following publications and websites:

·         Inside Higher Ed

·         EDJOIN

·         Diverse Issues in Higher Education

·         ACCCA - Association of California Community College Administrators




·         National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

·         CCC Registry

Search Committee Members

HR has confirmed the following committee members to ensure balanced representation:

Committee Chair - GH Javaheripour, Vice Chancellor of Educational Support Services

Community Member - Judie Piscitello, Executive Director at Stanislaus Partners in Education

HR/EEO Representative - Kathren Pritchard (Non-voting), Senior Director of Human Resources

YFA President - Shelley Akiona , Instructor of Business Administration

MJC Academic Senate (Incoming President) - Aishah Saleh, Instructor of Arts & Humanities

MJC Faculty - Michael Jackson, Counselor, Student Services

CSEA President  - Roberto Reyes, Custodian

CSEA (Past President) - Tiffnie Versola, IT Business Analyst

Leadership Team - Martha Robles, Dean of Allied Health, Family & Consumer Sciences

Leadership Team - Matthew Lopez-Phillips, Dean of Student Services

MJC Student - Jennifer Novoa, ASMJC President

MJC Student - Hannah Ransdell  

Search Process Timeline

     Initial Committee Meeting: April 1, 2021

     Review of Applications: April 1, 2021 - April 12, 2021

     1st Level Interview: April 16th, 2021 and April 19, 2021

     Forum: April 29, 2021

     Second Level Interview: April 29, 2021 (Immediately following the Forum)

     Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2021/July 1, 2021