A Letter from Victor:
I am running for City College Board of Trustees because I began my academic career at a community college and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without that opportunity. This is a critical time for City College, and I will apply my experience as an educator and former senior university administrator to make a lasting impact on this pillar of our community and make City College of San Francisco stronger than ever for the next generation of students.
My experience as an educator, Chief of Staff to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and City Commissioner has prepared me to help guide City College into a new era. City College is just now coming out of the accreditation crisis and we have many things to prioritize beyond fostering enrollment. What we do next will have a lasting impact for the students we serve today and well into the future.
I began my academic career at a community college before transferring to a four-year university and earning a BA in Political Science. Since then, I served in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer, earned a PhD in Political Science, held a Fellowship at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, taught various courses at the university level, and went on to help run one of the most diverse major research universities, right here in California.
I have experienced the power of education and now I hope to work with other Trustees to ensure good governance for City College of San Francisco so others can have the same opportunity. My vision for the college is simple: establish a foundation of fiscal discipline, expand enrollment by focusing on the jobs of the future, and leverage local strengths through partnerships with community institutions.
The most critical function of City College in the coming years is to make sure every student has a path forward for academic and career success—that is the core of the kind leadership I will provide. I believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve as a City College Trustee, and with your support and your vote, I can help build a stronger City College of San Francisco for our students, faculty, staff, and community.
Thank you for your support,
Victor Olivieri, PhD