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John Weispfenning, Ph.D.: Chancellor, Coast Community College District

Dr. John Weispfenning became Chancellor of the Coast Community College District in July of 2016. For more than six years, he has worked to ensure equitable student success and a welcoming culture that is supportive of faculty and staff. The Chancellor has also overseen the transformative implementation of Measure M, the $698 million community bond program that is revitalizing facilities and infrastructure at Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. In addition to providing leadership for the Coast District, Dr. Weispfenning serves as an advocate for community colleges at the regional, state, and national level. He has particularly led on issues of financial aid, workforce development, and college accreditation.

Dr. Weispfenning, former President of Santiago Canyon College, Orange, California, and Vice President of Instruction at Orange Coast College, is the author of two dozen plus scholarly publications and papers related to working with media organizations, processes, and content. Dr. Weispfenning has been noted for his published work in the Journal of Communication, Mass Communication Quarterly, and Mass Comm Review and brings his experience as a journalist and broadcaster with radio stations throughout the Midwest to the Coast District.

The native North Dakotan has years of experience in and knowledge of the California Community College System. Dr. Weispfenning served on the Executive Board of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers and on the Executive Board of the Council of Chief Librarians of the California Community Colleges.

Dr. Weispfenning received his doctorate from Purdue University and earned his Master of Science in Communication from North Dakota State University. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.


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