Female CEOs Make Remarkable Strides at California’s Community Colleges

More women than ever before are serving in positions of leadership in the California Community Colleges system, a new study has found.

The Community College League of California released its CEO Tenure & Retention study last month. It found that women occupied 59 out of 139 chancellor or president positions at 116 campuses. 49% of the CEOs appointed during the 2020-21 school year were also women.

The study shows women have come a long way since 1917 when Belle Cooledge became the first female CEO of an individual college. She would become one of the founders of Sacramento City College and Sacramento’s first female mayor.

Read the full report here.