Meet The President
On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at its regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Rancho Santiago Community College District voted to name Marilyn Flores, Ph.D. as interim president of Santa Ana College, effective July 1. Flores has served as the vice president of academic affairs and administrator in charge in the absence of the college president at Santiago Canyon College since 2016.
Dr. Flores has served in multiple roles for the district including her previously mentioned role as vice president of academic affairs at Santiago Canyon College, where she oversees four academic divisions with over 100 full time, over 200 part time faculty and approximately 25 classified staff. She also serves as the Chief Instructional Officer (CIO) and the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO). Formerly, Dr. Flores held the position of Dean, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Library at Santiago Canyon College. Prior to joining the Rancho Santiago Community College District, she served as Dean, Arts, Letters and Social Sciences at Las Positas College, after holding various positions at Riverside City College from 2004 to 2012.
As a seasoned educational leader having served for over 20 years in the California community colleges, Dr. Flores has provided oversight of academic programs and budgets, has been in charge of design, delivery, staffing, supervision and evaluation of division academic programs and ensured compliance and recommended policy for instructional services. Her responsibilities have also included quality, integrity, and administration of instructional programs and coordinating and facilitating the development and implementation of redesigned and articulated curriculum.
Dr. Flores’ commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities for students is evident in her long standing career in community college academia and leadership as a dean, associate dean, program director, consultant and researcher. She has been honored as Educator of the Year at the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards and received a Hispanic Border Leadership Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside.
Flores earned a Ph.D. in institutional leadership and policy studies and University of California, Riverside. She earned a master of arts degree in education with a Bilingual Crosscultural Language in Academic Development (BCLAD) teaching credential at University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree. in liberal studies with a concentration in education and spanish at the University of California, Riverside.