Congratulations to Dr. Lena H. Tran, a San Jose City College vice president, on her appointment as the next president of Columbia College effective March 7 when she also becomes a member of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Board of Directors.
The Yosemite Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Tran’s appointment at its Feb. 9 meeting. She succeeds Dr. G.H. Javaheripour, who has served as interim president since January 2021 when Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Columbia’s former president, was named to the same role at Modesto Junior College in June.
“Dr. Tran has a strong track record of developing strategic partnerships with K-12 schools, universities, and business and industry,” said YCCD Chancellor Henry Yong, citing Tran’s experience working with companies such as Microsoft, LinkedIn, Google, Honda, IDT, Facebook and Samsung.
Dr. Tran earned a Doctorate in Education in Organizational and Leadership Development at the University of San Francisco; a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Seton Hall University; and a bachelor of science in International Business and Marketing at Montclair State University.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this wonderful appointment, and I’m excited to begin working together with Columbia College and the Sonora community,” said Tran who currently is SJCC vice president of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Innovations.
“During my service in higher education, I’ve realized that community colleges are accomplishing something extraordinary in America through their positive impact on the lives of the people we serve,” she added. “The opportunity to work with multicultural groups of college students over the last decade has given me a profound appreciation and respect for the benefits that community colleges are bringing to our society.”
Columbia serves about 4,000 students, mostly from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. In addition to its academic programs, it offers many highly regarded vocational programs, including culinary arts and hospitality as well as forestry and natural resource management.
See the YCCD press release.