MISSION COLLEGE PRESIDENT
NAMED DISTRICT VICE CHANCELLOR
Dr. Adriana D. Barrera, president
of Mission College since 2000, has been appointed senior vice chancellor
of the Los Angeles Community College District, it was announced.
Trustees of the nine-college district made public their decision at their
September 7 meeting.
Barrera will replace Peter J. Landsberger, who has held the senior vice
chancellor position on an interim basis since July 2005. Barrera will
work alongside Chancellor Darroch Rocky Young, serving as
the second highest administrator in the 110-thousand-student district.
I have loved working at Mission College the past five years,
said Dr. Barrera. However, the challenge of serving the district
as a whole was an opportunity I could not resist.
"Dr. Barrera and I have worked together throughout her entire time
with the district, said Chancellor Young. Weve built
the strong partnership necessary for an effective chancellor and vice
chancellor relationship. The combination of our effective working relationship
and her diverse skills makes her a perfect fit for the job."
No date was set for the start of Barreras new assignment. But even
as she assumes those duties, Chancellor Young made it clear that Dr. Barrera
will continue to pursue one of Mission Colleges most critical projects
a proposal to acquire land for campus expansion.
The Chancellor and I are in agreement that I need to continue to
take ownership of that issue, said Dr. Barrera.
The vice chancellors new duties will include overseeing the operation
of most units at district headquarters; government relations; serving
as liaison with the nine colleges foundation (citizen
support) groups, assisting in the formulation and enactment of district
policy; and providing administrative support for Chancellor Young.
Barrera said the process for selection of a new president for Mission
College has not been determined but will probably involve a nationwide
search for a successor.
Dr. Barrera became president of Mission College in 2000. During her tenure,
she raised the number of Mission College students who transferred to four-year
universities by 25 percent; increased the number of degrees and diplomas
awarded by the college, also by 25 percent; oversaw completion of the
Guadalupe S. Ramirez Collaborative Studies (classroom) Building; and restored
an athletics program that had been cut before her arrival due to a budget
Dr. Barrera also led the effort to develop a master plan designed to complete
the Mission College campus. The plan calls for adding nine acres of land
to the Mission College footprint; and the addition of a health
and fitness center, a multimedia arts building, additional student parking,
a new child development studies center, and a family and consumer studies
The district Board of Trustees has proposed a land swap with
Los Angeles County that would give Mission College nine acres of land
adjacent to the campus, in return for 16 acres presently owned by the
district and the Army Corps of Engineers. It is those negotiations that
Dr. Barrera will continue to pursue, even as she begins her duties as
senior vice chancellor.
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