"My Word" piece in Sunday's
(March 3, 2013) Bay Area News Group papers
Convocation 2014: August 14th at Las Positas
Chabot College President - Susan Sperling, Ph.D.
At its Feb. 21, 2012 meeting, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) Board of Trustees appointed Susan Sperling, Ph.D., President of Chabot College. Sperling, dean of social sciences and 25-year veteran administrator and educator at the college, becomes the ninth president in the college’s 50-year history and was selected after a national search. Sperling’s appointment was effective Feb. 22.
“Dr. Sperling has devoted her career to supporting student success and access,” said CLPCCD Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. “She is deeply committed to our community, our students and our college.”
During her 25-year career at Chabot College, Sperling has served in a variety of capacities including faculty member, faculty leader, administrator and community liaison. Her many positions with the college and district include district-wide Faculty Association President and Chabot College’s first grants developer under the College’s Title III grant.
Sperling has negotiated college funding partnerships with both the private and public sector and has developed projects involving the range of diversity in the college’s service area. Working with stakeholders, Sperling has developed programs focusing on cultural diversity, social justice, civic engagement and environmental justice.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Reed L. Buffington Award for Excellence in Teaching and major research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sperling is an anthropologist, as well, who has researched, published widely and presented nationally on topics including animal rights, the history of evolutionary science, and gender and race issues.
Sperling earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She succeeds Celia Barberena, Ph.D., who retired in December after serving as the college president for nearly four years.