The Butte-Glenn Community College District Board of Trustees announced at its regular meeting on April 13 that Dr. Samia Yaqub has been unanimously selected as the next Superintendent/President of Butte College. Yaqub has served as the interim Superintendent/President of Butte College for nine months, and will become the seventh president of Butte College beginning July 1.
“The Board of Trustees is pleased to have selected Dr. Samia Yaqub, who not only demonstrates stellar leadership qualities, but has been a committed educator in our local communities for over 30 years,” said Rick Krepelka, President of the Butte-Glenn Community College District Board of Trustees. “Our selection process, though arduous, was thorough, thoughtful and inclusive. The Board appreciates the work done by Trustee McGinnis and all the members of the selection committee in forwarding a very qualified slate of finalists. While Dr. Yaqub’s achievements and experience put her at the top of the list, it is her demonstrated passion for education and its ability to improve people’s lives that makes her such a great fit for this College and the communities it serves.”
Yaqub has worked at Butte College for more than 30 years, and served as the Vice President for Student Learning and Economic Development at Butte College since 2011.
“It is an honor to serve as the next Superintendent/President of Butte College. This is a remarkable college, dedicated to teaching excellence and focused on student success. Our local communities rely on us to prepare students for careers and to transfer, and we have a long history of commitment to this mission. I am excited about our future and absolutely thrilled to serve the students, faculty, staff and community in this new role,” said Dr. Samia Yaqub.
Yaqub has stated her goals in the near future will include reducing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students, while increasing recruitment and improving retention. She has provided leadership for academic programs and services as well as economic and workforce development programs at Butte College in her role as Vice President. Prior to that time Yaqub served as a Butte College Dean for 10 years, more recent as the Dean of Language Arts and Humanities from 2007-2011 and earlier as the Dean of Instruction, Transfer and General Education from 2003-2007. She also was the Assistant Dean of Instruction, Transfer and General Education from 2001-2003, and served as Chair of the Language Education and Development (LEAD) Department from 1995-2001. Yaqub also served as a Butte College instructor for developmental reading, writing and English as a Second Language (ESL) from 1989-2001.
Yaqub 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. She earned the "Dissertation of the Year" award in 2011 from the Research and Planning 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. She was also named Butte College Faculty Member of the Year in 2000.
Yaqub will replace Dr. Kimberly Perry who resigned to accept a presidency in Washington in June 2015. The Board of Trustees formed a Presidential Search Advisory Committee which included representatives from the Board of Trustees, Butte College staff, faculty, students and community leaders who evaluated qualified applicants for the position.
Butte College serves over 17,000 students annually and offers over 160 certificate and degree programs in Butte and Glenn Counties. The college has the highest transfer rate to CSU, Chico and successfully transfers students to the California State University system, University of California system, and/or private universities.
Butte College provides quality education, services, and workforce training to students who aspire to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society. We prepare our students for life-long learning through the mastery of basic skills, the achievement of degrees and certificates, and the pursuit of career and transfer pathways.