Butte College has named Dr. Samia Yaqub as its new Vice President for Student Learning and Economic Development. Yaqub served as the interim Vice President for Student Learning and Economic Development since August. Yaqub was officially appointed to the position at the December Butte College Board of Trustees meeting.
"I'm honored to be able to support the college in this role and I will continue to explore and champion ways our students can be successful," said Yaqub. "Butte College offers a quality educational experience that sets us apart from many other colleges. Our faculty are some of the finest you would find at anycollege or university across the country."
Yaqub will be focused on issues facing many community colleges around the state including student retention, student learning outcomes, and student success. She will provide leadership for all academic programs, services, and resources, as well as economic and workforce development programs.
"Dr. Yaqub has demonstrated her tremendous leadership capabilities here at Butte College," said Dr. Kim Perry, Butte College President. "She has excelled while serving as a dean for 10 years and we're thrilled she will be filling a much-needed role in a permanent capacity. She is the perfect fit to help us as community colleges deal with statewide budget cuts and educational challenges."
Yaqub has served as a dean at Butte College since 2001. Prior to that, she taught ESL, reading, and writing courses at Butte College. She received her doctorate in education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. She also holds a master's degree in English from CSU, Chico and a bachelor's degree in English from UC Davis.
Yaqub earned the "Dissertation of the Year" award in 2011 from the RP Group. Her dissertation, "Latina Student Perceptions of Learning Communities," explored whether a well-structured learning community experience provides Latina students with the type of learning environment that fits their academic and social needs. She also identified those experiences in learning community courses that had the greatest impact on their learning.
Yaqub serves on the board of directors for the Association of California Community College Administrators, the advisory board of the California Writing Project,and as co-chair of the Association of California Community College Administrators Mentor Program.