Cuesta College narrows search for VP of academic affairs to 3 finalists

A bird's-eye view of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
A bird's-eye view of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

Three finalists have been selected for the assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs position at Cuesta College. A series of public forums will be held Friday from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. in Room 3142 at the San Luis Obispo campus.

Here are the three finalists:

  • Barbara Blanchard has worked in California’s community college system for 20 years in varying roles, including as a faculty member, dean, interim vice president and most recently as the vice president of academic affairs at Grossmont College. Blanchard has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California.
  • Ed Knudson, who was one of three finalists for president of Cuesta College in 2011, has worked in community colleges since 1993 in positions including faculty and department chair, dean and vice president of academic affairs, most recently as the executive vice president at Moorpark College overseeing instruction and student services. Knudson's experience includes serving as the chief instructional officer and as the dean of economic and workforce development at Bakersfield College from 2002 to 2006.
  • Deborah Wulff has worked in community colleges and universities as a faculty member and administrator for 25 years. Wulff is serving as Cuesta’s interim vice president of academic affairs and the accreditation liaison officer. Prior to that appointment, she served as dean of biological sciences, physical sciences, math, nursing/allied health, kinesiology, health sciences, recreation and athletics since January 2008. She is completing a degree in organizational leadership at the University of La Verne.
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