West Hills College Coalinga
Chooses a New President
(COALINGA)—The newest President for West Hills College Coalinga is Carole Goldsmith, currently the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Workforce Development for the West Hills Community College District. Dr. Goldsmith was chosen Tuesday at the District’s regular board meeting after a lengthy search that was narrowed down to four candidates, then two. The first woman to serve as President of the Coalinga campus will begin her new duties on Jan. 1, 2013.
“It was an honor for me to recommend her to the board,” said Frank Gornick, District Chancellor, and Dr. Goldsmith’s boss for more than past nine years. “She was chosen from an outstanding field of candidates. She is noted for her outstanding work ethic, high energy, and dedication to the Central Valley. She is a strong advocate for community colleges and for the region.”
In addition to her duties as Vice Chancellor, the 47-year-old administrator, a former teacher and K-12 vice principal, has served for the last year as the coordinator for a $19.9 million U.S. Department of Labor grant for job training. She has led the consortium of 11 Central Valley colleges in groundbreaking work to standardize and streamline the pathway to technical skills training in order to get workers into the workplace with skills that are currently in demand.
“Working on the grant this past year has given me the opportunity to collaborate with the finest educators in the region,” she said. “It’s made me realize the good work we are doing and how important it is. It’s been exciting. We’ve developed strategies to improve education. It’s been a regional effort. Now I’m moving to a single focus on Coalinga. I want to take that same level of excitement and innovation and change with me. To be able to do that and work closely with our outstanding faculty will be a real joy for me. Our faculty members are the innovative leaders in the Valley. So much rests on our success: workplace readiness, our high school partnerships, and most importantly, student achievement.”
Co-workers say she has the skills and determination to energize others and collaborate to reach goals. Elaine Cash, a retired K-12 school superintendent and now an education consultant working with West Hills College on the Closing the Gap project, said , “I consider Carole to be a culture changer and visionary, who knows the language, the dynamics, the capacities, and the needs of the community college system. I am confident her vision for real and honest innovation will impact students for many years to come.”
Co-workers cited her many accomplishments, some of which are:
· Starting the WHC Lemoore Nurse Education Program, the first to be approved by the state since 1965, brought about by three years of concentrated effort.
· Winning the highly competitive $19.9 million TAACCT grant from the Department of Labor, the result of her work with Complete College America, a think tank funded by the Gates Foundation
· Utilizing her vision and personal energy to position West Hills Community College District as a regional leader.
Dr. Gornick said she will bring a vast amount of experience in improving the community college system to her new leadership position at WHC Coalinga. “She is one of the outstanding leaders in the Central Valley. Her heart and dedication are to the rural West Side of Central Valley, which makes her the right choice for the Coalinga position.”
Dr. Goldsmith will earn $192,000 a year as president. She holds a doctorate in Education from UC Davis, earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from National University in Fresno, and graduated with a B.A, in History from CSU Fresno. She has been an administrator at WHCCD since 2003 and was appointed Vice Chancellor in 2009. She’s been a K-12 vice principal, a community college Director of Faculty Training and adjunct faculty member, a college English instructor, and a public school English and history teacher.