President's Biography

President Sperling

Susan Sperling is the 9th President of Chabot College in Hayward, California, which serves one of the most ethnically diverse communities in California. Dr. Sperling has led the College in her current role for a decade, supporting the development of innovative programs addressing student access, equity, and success, enhancing Chabot’s tradition of social justice initiatives. During her tenure the College has doubled its graduation rate and developed key partnerships with the City of Hayward, Hayward Unified School District, California State University East Bay, and a variety of non-profits, increasing opportunities for students facing challenges of economic inequity, racism, and xenophobia. The District and College received major funding from voters for the construction of new facilities under a successful Measure A campaign.  President Sperling has guided the development of a new Chabot library, science building, and first responders training center in partnership with the City of Hayward as part of Chabot’s Measure A program. She has worked successfully as well to increase the diversity of Chabot College’s faculty and staff.

Dr. Sperling completed her doctorate in evolutionary anthropology at UC Berkeley in 1984, following which she did postdoctoral research at UCSF. She is a published author who has written about primate studies, gender, and the history of anthropology, and taught classes at Berkeley, UCSF, San Jose State, and a number of community colleges before coming to Chabot in 1987.  As an Instructor of Anthropology at Chabot College, she developed new curriculum for the anthropology program and worked with colleagues to support a human evolution lab at Chabot College. She served in a number of faculty leadership positions during her early years at the College, including President of the Faculty Union and College Curriculum Chair. She also contributed as dean of social sciences for a number of years before being appointed College President in 2012.

President Sperling lives in San Leandro with her husband Marc Janowitz, a public interest attorney and clinical law professor at East Bay Community Law Center. They have a son, Max Landes, and daughter-in-law Emily Mraz, who live in Los Angeles. (September 2021)