West Hills College Lemoore names finalists in Presidential Search

The West Hills Community College District (WHCCD) announced finalists in its West Hills College Lemoore President Search. Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to meet the three finalists during open forums on November 30 and December 2 (virtual). 

Finalists are James Preston, Vice President of Educational Services-West Hills College Lemoore; Dr. Tammy Robinson, Vice President of Instruction- Cañada College; and Dr. Jennifer Zellet, Vice President of Instruction-Modesto College.

Each finalist will have one hour to present their vision for the college and to answer questions from audience members.  All attendees will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to the College’s C-19 protocols. 

November 30, 2021 (Golden Eagle Arena at West Hills College Lemoore, 555 College Ave., Lemoore)

Meet the Finalists

James Preston
James Preston

Mr. James Preston has been committed to education in the central valley for the past 27 years and is currently serving as the Interim President at West Hills College Lemoore. For the past decade he has been an educational administrator in the roles of Vice President of Educational Services and Dean of Educational Services where he led several initiatives including:

  • Innovative Faculty Professional Development
  • Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Program and curriculum support that serves the community and prioritizes student transfer and career priorities through guided pathways
  • Leadership in the development of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Zero-Textbook Cost Degrees and Certificates
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer

Prior to becoming an administrator, Mr. Preston spent 11 years teaching English and Education classes at the community college level and working with future educators. Additionally, he spent six years at the high school level as an English teacher, curriculum specialist, and coach. He has a M.A. in Education from Fresno Pacific University and a B.A. in English from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Dr. Tammy Robinson
Dr. Tammy Robinson

Dr. Tammy Robinson serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Cañada College in Redwood City, California. Prior to this position, she served as the Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services and Dean for Social Science and Creative Arts at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.  Dr. Robinson has over twenty years of experience as a community college administrator and faculty member. She also served as interim Vice President of Academic Services Services/Athletic Director/CIO at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California. She was also the Department Chair of English/ESL/Linguistics Department at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles California. 

Dr. Tammy Robinson holds a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Community College Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Arts degree in Social Science from Cerritos College.

Dr. Jennifer Zellet
Dr. Jennifer Zellet

Dr. Jennifer Zellet serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Modesto Junior College. In her 23-year career in Higher Education, she has worked in public and private, 2- and 4-year institutions. Starting as English faculty, she earned Assoc. Professor status at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, MI before becoming the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Upon returning home to California, she began at Modesto Junior College as English Faculty gaining tenure before transitioning to Dean of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences, then Vice President of Instruction. While at MJC, she has worked successfully with faculty and classified professionals to implement Guided Pathways, expand Dual Enrollment, and organize an Online College.  

Off of the MJC campus, Dr. Zellet is actively involved in the Community as a member of Modesto Rotary (MORO). She serves as co-chair of the MORO International Service Committee, serves on the board of the SCOE Leadership Academy, and as a member of the SBDC Business Development Committee.  Dr. Zellet has been an active member of ACCCA for 8 years, serving the Great Deans Program, ADMIN001 content development team, as well as an ACCCA Mentor. Dr. Zellet has also served for 3 years on the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers board as Region 5 Representative (2 years) and now as President-Elect. 

Dr. Zellet has an earned PhD in English and an MLitt (Master of Letters) in Scottish and Irish Studies, both from the University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Throughout both degrees, she was affiliated with the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies. Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, Dr. Zellet’s studies and career have taken her to both east and west coasts, the Midwest, and overseas.  

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