Manuel Baca

Manuel Baca, Vice Chair of the Board

Manuel Baca headshotManuel Baca is a political science professor at Rio Hondo College where he previously served on the Academic Senate Executive Committee. His professional experience includes holding a number of faculty and administrative positions within the California State University and California Community Colleges systems. Baca is currently a member of the governing board of the Mt. San Antonio Community College District and has, in addition, served on several statewide commissions and committees. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for Wheelhouse, the Center for Community College Leadership and Research at the University of California, Davis. Baca was a member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for several years, including two terms as president from 2013 to 2015.

In 2005, Baca was a member of the California Community Colleges System Strategic Plan Steering Committee where he and other state leaders developed the Community College System Strategic Plan for California (revised in 2014). In 2011, Baca was a member of the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force that made 22 specific policy recommendations to improve educational achievement within the California Community Colleges. Those recommendations later became the foundation of the landmark Student Success Act of 2012. Baca holds a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. His graduate and undergraduate degrees were earned at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where he was honored as one of 50 successful Latino alumni during the university’s 50th anniversary in 2007. Baca also has an associate degree from Rio Hondo College where, in recognition of his service and contributions, he was honored as a Fellow of the College.

Baca was featured in a CSUF special photo exhibit called “Querer es Poder,” which in Spanish means “if you have the desire, you can achieve.” His military service with the United States Marine Corps includes having served a tour of duty in Vietnam and an honorable discharge as a Sergeant E-5. Long active within the San Gabriel Valley and the greater Los Angeles area, Baca serves or previously served as a member of many community-based and civic organizations.

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Keetha Mills
President and Chief Executive Officer

Julian Roberts
Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Quintana
Chief Operating Officer

Melissa Conner
Vice President of Accounting

Bryan Miller
Vice President of Communications and Technology

Andrea Meyer
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Board of Directors

Lance Izumi
Chair of the Board

Manuel Baca
Vice Chair of the Board

James Sargen
Secretary/Treasurer

Isabel Barreras
Director

Alice Perez
Director

Arnoldo Avalos
Director

George Acero
Director

Jennifer Perry
Director

Kathy Williams
Director

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