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 12th year as Chancellor of the
Contra Costa Community College District (District) and her
27th year as an employee of the 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 educational
goals at a four-year or graduate institution. At the state level, Dr. Benjamin has served as Chair of the
Community College League of California Board of Directors, Chair of the CEO board, and on
numerous accreditation visiting teams. At the national level, she has served on the American
Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, as the convener of the Presidents’ Round
Table, an affiliate organization of the National Council on Black American Affairs, and currently serves
on the board of Excelsior College, located in Albany, New York. She is co-author of the recently
released book on leadership with Darroch Young entitled: Harvest from the Vineyard: Lessons
Learned from the Vineyard Symposiums and co-editor and contributor to The Chocolate Truth: An
Anthology of Perspectives from community College CEOs.
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 51,000 students.