IVC News > July 10, 2018

SOCCCD Welcomes New Chancellor


On July 2, Dr. Kathleen Burke officially took the helm as chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD). Dr. Burke was unanimously approved by the board of trustees in May.

Dr. Burke has over three decades of experience as a community college administrator and educator. She comes to SOCCCD from Los Angeles Pierce College, where she served as president since 2010. Prior to that, she held positions as vice president of academic affairs and vice president of institutional effectiveness in colleges throughout the Los Angeles Community College District, including Los Angeles Trade Technical College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, and Los Angeles Mission College. She served as dean of academic affairs at East Los Angeles College and as chairperson of the visual and performing arts division at Glendale Community College where she also served as president of the board of trustees.

Dr. Burke earned a doctorate of education from Pepperdine University; a Master of Arts degree in art from California State University, Northridge; and two bachelor’s degrees from University of California, Irvine: one in art history, and the other in studio art with an emphasis on drawing and painting. She also earned an Associate of Arts degree in humanities from Glendale Community College. 

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