With great pride, we congratulate our Oxnard College Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Cynthia Herrera, who was honored as a 2017 Ventura County Woman of the Year by California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, 19th District. This prestigious recognition celebrates four outstanding leaders in our region, women who have and continue to achieve excellence and success in their respective fields.
Dr. Herrera is known for her exemplary personal dedication, career achievements, and contributions to the community. She is a passionate advocate for education and is actively involved in civic affairs. She is a published writer, participates as a board member on multiple educational and business advisory committees, and is a dedicated volunteer in our community.
Professionally, Dr. Herrera offers a wealth of experience in organizational development, project management, institutional effectiveness and systems design. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of Project Ascención, an initiative to enhance STEM educational programs and partnerships throughout the preschool to graduate level pipeline. She is a founding member of the Ventura County STEM Regional Network and has a successful track record in leading collaborative partnerships with non-profits, business and educational institutions. Over the last six years she has secured more than twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000 USD) in grant funds to enhance student success in STEM for Oxnard College and partners. Prior to joining college leadership, Dr. Herrera maintained a successful consulting business for over 23 years, working with large public and private sector organizations and educational institutions across the United States.
It is with celebration and respect that we thank Dr. Herrera for her outstanding contributions to our college, students and community.
Congratulations, Dr. Herrera! Thank you for all that you do to positively impact the well-being of so many.