Susan A. Cota served as Chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District from July 1, 2001 to August 1, 2007. The district serves the eastern portion of Alameda County with approximately 21,000 students. Dr. Cota was the first Hispanic female Chancellor in the 46-year history of the District and was the first female Hispanic Chancellor appointed in the California Community College system.
Dr. Cota held various academic positions in California Community Colleges including counselor, director, and dean of student services. She also served the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento as Statewide Administrator of Disabled Students Programs and Services. In 1993 she was named Interim President of Las Positas College and was subsequently named President where she served until being named Chancellor in 2001.
Dr. Cota holds a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. Her doctoral degree explored the “Critical Analysis of Metaphors in the Implementation of Collegial Consultation”.
Dr. Cota is active in a wide variety of national, state and local organizations. She was elected to the Board of American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and served as Chair of the Community College Futures Committee and on the Board of the Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI) at the University of San Diego. She also served on the Board of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA), as a Board member of the Community College League of California (CCLC), the California Latina Leadership Network, the American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges and the Pleasanton Rotary Club.
In 2006, Dr. Cota received the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award from the Association of California Community Colleges Administrators (ACCCA). The award recognizes a Chief Educational Officer for demonstrating integrity, principle, compassion, strength in leadership, contributions to colleagues and the education profession.
She has also received the Community College League of California Courageous Leader Award and the Outstanding Educator in Administration award from the University of San Francisco Alumni Society.
In 2004, under her leadership, voters approved a $498M facilities construction bond. The bond will provide for the build out of Las Positas College in Livermore and the renovation of the 44-year-old Chabot College campus in Hayward.