At its July 14 board retreat, the SBCC Board of Trustees announced a board motion to appoint Dr. Helen Benjamin as interim Superintendent/President pending final approval at the July 22 board meeting. The appointment is for six weeks. Dr. Benjamin came out of retirement and previously served as interim Superintendent/President at SBCC for several months in the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2019. She will do so again in the same capacity.
Dr. Benjamin was chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District from 2005 until her retirement in December 2016. She began her career at the District in 1990 when she joined Los Medanos College as dean of language arts and humanistic studies and related occupations, and has held progressively higher-level positions, including District vice chancellor, educational programs and services; interim president of Los Medanos College; and president of Contra Costa College.
Dr. Benjamin has a Bachelor of Science in English and Spanish from Bishop College in Texas where she graduated magna cum laude, and she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.