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VPAA Search Candidate: Carlos Lopez

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Carlos Lopez

Carlos Lopez is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Moreno Valley College (MVC). He has served in this position since the summer of 2017, and in total he has served more than 21 years as a California community college faculty member and administrator. Prior to arriving at MVC, he was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Ana College, Dean of Mathematics and Sciences at MiraCosta College, and Dean of Instruction for Academic Programs at Mt. San Jacinto College. Mr. Lopez was an associate professor of mathematics at Mt. San Jacinto College where he also served as the chairperson of the Mathematics Department and project director of a U.S. Department of Education Title V STEM grant.

Mr. Lopez is active in state-wide organizations and is currently the Co-Chair of the California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative Advisory Committee. At the national level, he has served on the Executive Board of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) which focuses on supporting practitioners and grant writers at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Mr. Lopez is an advocate for high quality online education, Open Educational Resources (OER) and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) degree pathways, student equity, student success, and community college baccalaureate programs. He is a widely recognized expert in strategic enrollment management and co-teaches a summer academy, co-sponsored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego. He was instrumental to the development and implementation of Santa Ana College’s bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies as well as the development of MiraCosta College’s bachelor’s degree in Biomanufacturing. He also served on the California Community College Chief Instructional Officer’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce and as mentor for the Advancing Leadership Institute for Instructional VPs in Equitable Education (ALIVE) program that prepares deans of color and allies for chief instructional officer roles.

Mr. Lopez earned an M.S. in Statistics from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. He is proud to have attended College of the Desert prior to transferring to UC San Diego. He is currently trying to find the time to complete his dissertation in order to earn an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through a joint program at the University of California San Diego and California State University San Marcos.