Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President
Kathryn E. Jeffery, PhD, was appointed to the position of Superintendent and President of Santa Monica College (SMC) in November 2015, and took office as CEO of California’s leading transfer institution in February 2016. Dr. Jeffery comes to SMC after serving nearly eight years as president of Sacramento City College (SCC).
Dr. Jeffery possesses over three decades of diverse higher education experience – encompassing roles as professor, counselor, and administrator – from arts and educational leadership education, to student services and Career Technical Education (CTE). She is a passionate advocate for higher education, and one who takes pride in a student-centered approach to leadership and decision-making. Throughout her career, she has championed the development of community college curriculum, programs, and services that promote student access, persistence, and success. She led the development of educational programs that support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, and at SCC; as well as the launch of a bachelor’s degree program at the College of Southern Nevada.
Prior to serving as president of SCC, Dr. Jeffery was President of Hennepin Technical College; Provost/Chief Campus Administrator at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas; Vice President of Columbia College in the Yosemite Community College District; Dean for Faculty and Staff Diversity/Development and Dean for Student Services at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
Dr. Jeffery has comprehensive knowledge of community college-related issues, due in large part to her rich professional experience in academic and student affairs programs and services. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Studies in Education (Counseling) from Oklahoma State University and a B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education) with a major in piano and minor in voice from Oklahoma State University. A lover of the arts – especially music – Dr. Jeffery is also a talented classical musician.
Her transition into administration came after twenty years of higher education teaching experience. Dr. Jeffery became tenured as a faculty member at SCC in the Counseling department, and also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities and Fine Arts division. Additionally, she was an adjunct professor of graduate studies in Educational Leadership at Drexel University, Sacramento; CSU-Stanislaus; and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Dr. Jeffery is very active on professional and community boards: she serves on the CEO Board of the President’s Round Table, and on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Special Commission on Structured Pathways. Past involvement on nationwide and regional boards include her service on the AACC Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development (ASCD), and the Board of Directors for the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA). Dr. Jeffery was also appointed to a U.S. Department of Education task force charged with reviewing the role of technical education.
Dr. Jeffery serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Monica College Foundation, and the Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center.