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
eighth 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.
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 of nearly 62,000 students.
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. She endeavors to turn
challenges into teachable moments.
Dr. Benjamin is passionate about maintaining an active role in a wide variety
of professional and community organizations, especially those that
contribute to student success. At the local level, she is a board member of
the Contra Costa Council, a countywide public policy advocacy organization;
she is also a board member of the Chief Executive Officers of the California
Community Colleges, a statewide group that articulates positions on issues
facing the California community colleges; and serves on the Kennedy-King
Scholarship Memorial College Scholarship Fund, a countywide effort to
provide District students financial support to continue their educational goals
at a 4-year or graduate institution.
At the national level, she is currently the convener of the Presidents’ Round
Table, an affiliate organization of the National Council on Black American
Affairs, and co-chair of the Congressional Advisory Committee on Student
Financial Assistance. In addition, she serves on the board of Excelsior
College located in Albany, New York.