Linda Rose, Ed. D.
President, Santa Ana College
Dr. Linda Rose was appointed president of Santa Ana College in July 2016. Reporting to the community college district chancellor, her responsibilities include planning, organizing and implementing educational policy and procedures to develop curriculum and student support services; budget management; enhancing partnerships with business, governmental and community organizations, as well as with K-12 and higher education institutions in the area; and leading the institution’s fund development efforts.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Rose served as president of Los Angeles Southwest College from 2014 to 2016 where she provided leadership in the management, supervision, and development of instructional programs, student, and administrative services that support student achievement and progress; oversaw activities in planning and accreditation; and provided direction and leadership in the development and operation of the college’s $28 million budget and the planning and utilization of existing and new bond- funded facilities.
Dr. Rose returned to Santa Ana College where she served as vice president of academic affairs from 2011 to 2014. Serving as the college’s chief instructional officer, she provided leadership and advocated for collaboration in a participatory governance environment in support of college administrators, faculty and staff as they planned, revised, evaluated, and delivered all instructional programs and services. She supervised and directed the college’s accreditation self-evaluation process and provided leadership in ongoing bond-related construction of instructional facilities. In addition, she supported the development of credit bridge programs with SAC’s Continuing Education Division.
As a product of the community college system, Dr. Rose has dedicated her career to community college education. She began her career at Cerritos College as a part time English instructor. While there, she earned a tenured faculty position and served as the college’s Puente Program co-coordinator helping to serve educationally underrepresented students and coordinated Cerritos College’s Program for Adult College Education (PACE). She also served as English Department Chair and later was named Dean of the Liberal Arts Division.
As an academic leader, Dr. Rose is a regular presenter at conferences and meetings including participation as a panel participant for the American Council on Education: Women’s Leadership Network. Earlier, a keynote speaker for the American Association of University Women’s Women Hold up Half the Sky Conference and has served as a workshop facilitator for numerous Associated Students of Cerritos College Leadership Conferences. Previously, she was also a co-presenter at the International Conference on the First Year Experience in Southampton, England and served as a guest host for KPCC’s Ebony program.
Dr. Rose served on the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation Board of Directors and the Taller San Jose Board of Directors. She was also an appointed member of the California Community College Chancellors Office, Workforce and Economic Development Program Action Committee. Among her honors and awards are: the Ambassador of Goodwill Award, Woman of Distinction Honoree, Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Member, CSU Dominguez Hills, Distinguished Alumni Award, Cerritos College Outstanding Administrator Award; the Cerritos College Outstanding Faculty Award for the Liberal Arts Division; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Fifth Edition; and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award.
Awarded her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Rose also holds a Master of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an associate degree in Liberal Arts from West Los Angeles Community College.