Meet Wei Zhou
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- President, Crafton Hills College (Yucaipa, California), 2016-2018
- Vice President, Instruction; Interim President, Cuyamaca College (El Cajon, California), 2013-2016
- Vice President, Academic Affairs, Copper Mountain College (Joshua Tree, California), 2011-2013
- Dean, Math, Science and Engineering, Evergreen Valley College (San José, California), 2007-2011
- Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of Texas, Austin
- M.S., Genetics, Fudan University
- B.S. Genetics and Gentic Engineering, Fudan University
Top Three Career Accomplishments
Wei is committed to access, success and equity. Working with dedicated, talented faculty, staff and administrators, and hardworking students, he led CHC, Cuyamaca, CMC and EVC to enrollment increase. Notably, Cuyamaca became one of the nation’s top 20 fastest-growing community colleges. These increases were achieved through concerted effort to improve student success and completion. CHC achieved the highest transfer, degree, and certificate completion rates in the Inland Empire, Cuyamaca broke its own records of degrees and certificates awarded year after year, CMC’s online student success rates were 20% higher than state average, and EVC achieved the highest increase in graduation rates in the Bay Area. Through equity-minded approach, his colleges narrowed or closed equity gaps for students from various backgrounds, especially students of color and low-income students.
Wei also provided leadership in a number of growth initiatives. He worked with faculty, staff and administrators to start collegiate athletics, Veterans Resource Center and STEM Center at CHC, Viticulture program, programming for Chaldean refugee population and Cross Cultural Center at Cuyamaca, Culinary Arts program, internship program and programming for the extension campus on military base at CMC and tripled the number of degrees in his division at EVC.
Wei successfully linked his colleges to the broader community. At his colleges, the K-12 connections started early from bringing kindergarteners to college open houses and elementary and middle school students to college summer camps. These efforts also provided exposure to their parents who never stepped onto a college campus. His colleges also expanded dual enrollment for high school students and CTE program articulation. Wei led in expanding university partnerships beyond public state universities to include highly regarded private and out-of-state universities such as guaranteed transfer with $10,000/year scholarship from University of Redlands, and having University of La Verne, Point Loma Nazarene University and Valley City State University offer upper division coursework at community colleges so that students don’t need to leave home to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, he led in establishing partnerships with employers to strengthen college programs, update college curricula and facilities and secure work experience and internship opportunities to increase students’ employability. Moreover, he has built strong ties with elected officials through campus visits and speaking at college commencement, program graduation, heritage month and other events and for his colleges to secure their support on agendas that benefit our students and communities and funding to support our programs and colleges.
– Submitted by Wei Zhou
A proud University of California, Davis, Center for Community College Leadership and Research Wheelhouse Fellow, and graduate of the California Community College Inaugural CEO Leadership Academy and the University of Texas at Austin’s top-ranked doctoral program specializing in community college education and leadership and committed to student access, success, equity, social justice and employee and organizational development, Wei has extensive California community college administrative experience in multi-college districts.
With comprehensive experience and in-depth knowledge in credit, non-credit and not-for-credit instruction and student services, library and learning support, technology and facilities management, institutional and program accreditation, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness and research, budget development and resource allocation, faculty, staff and administrator hiring, evaluation and professional development, participatory governance and collective bargaining, and familiarity with California Education Code and Title 5, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and district regulations, Wei has committed to social justice, equity-mindedness and global vision in a learning-centered, integrated instructional, student and administrative support services environment. He is especially dedicated to leading an institution-wide effort to provide clear, structured Guided Pathways with intentional focus on learning and academic excellence, and intrusive student support to expand access, increase success and close equity gaps. Thanks to the support from talented, dedicated and hardworking faculty, staff, administrators and students during his leadership, his colleges were ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing community colleges, achieved regions’ top transfer and graduation rates, joined the international Tuning project and national Achieving the Dream project, secured multi-million dollars of federal and state grants as well as funding through business and industry partnerships and fundraising activities, expanded higher education access to underserved communities, and brought baccalaureate degrees to local students.
Wei has also fostered collaborative relationships with business and industry, K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, government and community organizations, and elected officials. In addition, he has served on a number of local, county, regional, state and national boards and committees, such as Southern California Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander American Trustees and Administrators Board, Alignment San Bernardino County Executive Board, Inland Empire Economic Partnership Workforce and Education Council, California Library and Learning Resources Program and Telecommunications and Technology Program Advisory Committees, National Association for Developmental Education Editorial Board, and National Science Foundation review panels. Moreover, Wei has led statewide teams to help California community colleges with accreditation, integrated planning, enrollment management, instructional and student support program development, and distance education.
– Submitted by Wei Zhou
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