The Chancellor's Office aims to ensure the highest quality learning experiences
for current and future students. This happens through creative leadership, committed and valued
employees, effective services, sufficient funding, and an environment of respect, mutual trust and
open communication. Responsiveness to the needs of our external and internal stakeholders will guide our actions.
is in her tenth year as Chancellor of the Contra Costa
Community College District (District). She began her career at the District in
1990 when she joined Los Medanos College as Dean of Language Arts and
Humanistic Studies and Related Occupations, and has held progressively
higher level positions including District Vice Chancellor, Educational
Programs and Services, interim President of Los Medanos College and
President of Contra Costa College.
Dr. Benjamin has a B.S. degree in English and Spanish from Bishop College
in Texas where she graduated magna cum laude and earned her master’s
and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She
has never lost sight of her roots as a teacher, having taught high school
English in the Dallas Independent School District and looks for opportunities
to turn challenges into teachable moments.
Dr. Benjamin is passionate about maintaining an active role in a wide variety
of professional and community organizations. At the local level, she is a
board member of the Kennedy-King Scholarship Memorial College
Scholarship Fund, a county-wide effort to provide District students financial
support to continue their education goals at a four-year or graduate
institution. At the state level, Dr. Benjamin serves as the immediate Past
Chair of the California Community College League Board of Directors. At the
national level, she is a member of the Presidents’ Round Table, an affiliate
organization of the National Council on Black American Affairs, and is a
member of President Obama’s Commission on the Future. In addition, Dr.
Benjamin serves on the board of Excelsior College, located in Albany, New
Headquartered in Martinez, California, the District was the first county-wide
college district in the state and began serving students in 1949. The District
consists of Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos
College, San Ramon Campus, and the Brentwood Center. With a county
population of over one million people, the District serves an annual
enrollment greater than 52,000 students.