The Contra Costa Community College District has selected Kimberly Rogers to be the next president of Contra Costa College, district officials announced.

Rogers was hired as the college’s vice president of instruction in January 2021 and has served as acting president since last June, district officials said.

Kimberly Rogers has been selected as the 15th permanent president of Contra Costa College in San Pablo. She had held the position on an interim basis Since June 2022. (Contra Costa Community College District via Bay City News)

“I am honored to join the dedicated team of CCC faculty, classified professionals, and managers, in achieving the college’s mission of providing equitable access, increasing student success, and fulfilling the hopes and dreams of our students and the communities we serve,” Rogers said.

Rogers was a first-generation student and earned her doctorate in higher education from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in French, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of South Carolina Honors College, district officials said.

She has held academic appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Massachusetts Boston and Universite de Haute-Alsace in France, according to the district.

“Her responsiveness to community needs and focus on advancing equitable student outcomes is an excellent fit for CCC and the West County community,” said interim district chancellor Mojdeh Mehdizadeh.

The district’s board is scheduled to vote on her appointment at its June 14 meeting.

Kiley Russell, Bay City News

Kiley Russell writes primarily for Local News Matters on issues related to equity and the environment. A Bay Area native, he has lived most of his life in Oakland. He studied journalism at San Francisco State University, worked for the Associated Press and the former Contra Costa Times, among other outlets. He has covered everything from state legislatures, local governments, federal and state courts, crime, growth and development, political campaigns of various stripes, wildfires and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.