The West Hills Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Kristin Clark as the next Chancellor, the third in district history, at its monthly board meeting earlier today. Today's board action completes the process of Dr. Clark's appointment. A nationwide search began last Fall. She will begin the duties of the position on July 1, 2021, and succeeds Dr. Stuart Van Horn, who will retire on June 30, 2021. Dr. Clark has served the Central San Joaquin Valley's Westside as President of West Hills College Lemoore (WHCL) since January 2016.
Board President Mark McKean, speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees, said, "The entire West Hills College Board is excited to have Kristin Clark as our next Chancellor. We look forward to her student-centered focus and enthusiasm that will bring success to all of us as we prepare to return to more traditional education."
Dr. Clark has over 26 years of experience in higher education administration. As President at WHCL, she led the college to reaffirm accreditation and innovated several student success initiatives. Her long-term commitment and service in the community college system, coupled with her passion for guiding, learning, and collaborating with rural community members, has ensured progressive educational practices at WHCL.
"Together, we are contributing to an exciting time in higher education. As the new Chancellor, I am committed to continuing our mission to expand the West Hills Community College District's innovative culture and advance our student-centered commitment. I am passionate about our community and dedicated to enriching students' lives through equitable practices and upward mobility opportunities. I am thankful for this incredible opportunity to partner with our Board of Trustees and to lead and collaborate with West Hills classified staff, faculty, and administrators toward our relentless pursuit of student success," said Clark.
Dr. Clark holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's in Educational Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her academic contributions include teaching graduate-level courses at California State University Fullerton, co-authoring a white paper on student success, guest lecturing on leadership topics, and presenting at numerous state, national, and international symposiums, including Canada and Kazakhstan. Her passion and understanding of the community college system and her wide variety of experiences and practices ideally support the district's vision, the relentless pursuit of student success. She is married to her husband Glen and has two sons and three grandchildren.