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Executive Vice Chancellor Selected as Interim Contra Costa College President

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Contra Costa Community College District

500 Court Street

Martinez, CA  94553



Friday, January 16, 2015



Timothy Leong, Public Information Officer

(925) 229-6823


Executive Vice Chancellor Selected as Interim Contra Costa College President


MARTINEZ, CA – Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) chancellor Helen Benjamin announced the appointment of Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, executive vice chancellor of Education and Technology for CCCCD, to serve as the interim president of Contra Costa College effective Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  Formal approval of the appointment will take place at the Governing Board’s January 28, 2015, meeting.  A national search will begin this spring for a permanent college president.


“Mojdeh has been with our District for over 25 years, holding positions of increasing levels of responsibility.  She brings a comprehensive background of skills and experience that the Contra Costa College community will find invaluable,” says chancellor Benjamin. “Her student services and instructional experience along with her nationally recognized expertise in technology are going to strengthen and prepare the college to be innovative in meeting the changing needs of our West County students.”


Since 1998, Mehdizadeh has been serving in a districtwide capacity, providing leadership and support of the colleges’ educational programs, student services, workforce and economic development, information technology, research and planning, and grants management.  Early in her career, she served as adjunct faculty member in speech.  On a statewide level, she is a member of the Advisory Committee on Education Services of the Community Colleague League of California, the statewide Assessment Selection Steering Committee, and the Student Success Scorecard Advisory Group.  Finally, she is the co-chair of the Contra Costa County Adult Education Consortium focused on the re-structuring and alignment of educational programs and services between K-12 adult education and Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, and Los Medanos colleges.


The position became available following the recent selection of former president Dr. Denise Noldon as the Interim vice chancellor for student services and special programs at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.


Contra Costa College is one of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District and currently serves almost 11,000 students (unduplicated head county) annually.  Since 1948, CCC has provided exemplary educational services to hundreds of thousands of residents from the greater West County area, and is proud of its diverse student body and commitment to individual student success.  Excellent programs such as the Center for Science Excellence, The Advocate newspaper, the green Automotive Services program, Middle College High School, the Nursing program, and the Culinary Arts program are known through the state and the nation.  A model of excellence, Contra Costa College prides itself on being one of the finest community colleges in the country.


The Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) is one of the largest multi-college community college districts in California. The CCCCD serves a population of 1,019,640 people, and its boundaries encompass all but 48 of the 734-square-mile land area of Contra Costa County. The District is home to Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, as well as educational centers in Brentwood and San Ramon.  The District headquarters is located in downtown Martinez.


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