CEO Development

Being a college president, district superintendent or chancellor involves countless rewards and challenges. The League has developed many publications and conferences designed to support California CEOs.



The League’s Northern and Southern CEO Conferences have combined into one statewide symposium. The CEO Symposium presents an ideal opportunity for CEOs to meet and discuss the critical issues that face California community colleges and to learn from each other. This CEO-only event provides an opportunity to discuss the most pressing policy issues our colleges face.

The CEO Leadership Academy is designed specifically to address the unique challenges and opportunities confronted by leaders of California Community Colleges while creating a professional cohort through building relationships with colleagues that will prove beneficial for years to come. Research demonstrates that districts and colleges led by CEOs with tenures closer to 10-years rather than the mean 7.1 years stated in the League’s 2018 CEO Tenure and Retention Study, tend to have better student outcomes and enhanced institutional stability.  Professional development and support for California’s campus leaders is a critical investment in the future of our institutions.


  • Save the Date for the 2019 CEO Symposium held March 1-4, 2019, in San Diego, CA
  • Save the Date for the 2019 CEO Leadership Academy held June 7-9, 2019 in Granlibakken, CA.

In addition to these conferences, a Statewide CEO Meeting is held at the League's Annual Convention. This annual meeting brings together community colleges CEOs from across California to discuss the most pressing issues and opportunities in our system.


The League’s CEO Strategic Leadership Program provides support to CEOs throughout their career. Program curriculum is developed and delivered by seasoned California CEOs. The Program consists of

  • CEO Workshop – specifically designed to onboard new CEOs for a six-month period beginning in November through June concluding at the CEO Leadership Academy.
  • Peer-to-Peer Support - offered as part of the CEO Workshop, a six-month period of one-on-one support with a seasoned California CEO.
  • CEO Leadership Academy – for CEOs in their first chancellorship or presidency reviewing operations and current statewide initiatives.
  • Dr. Chris McCarthy Vineyard Leadership Symposium – a seminar and retreat for CEOs to explore leadership dynamics and issues.

For more information about CEO Strategic Leadership Program, please contact Carmen Sandoval, Director of Education Services and Leadership Development, at or for more information about the CEO Symposium or Statewide CEO meeting, please contact Lizette Navarette, Vice President, at


Below you will find links to publications of interest and professional development opportunities for CEOs. Listed in alphabetical order

Videos and Online Training

    The League has prepared a series of strong workforce videos to assist you in learning more about career technical education.

    For segmented clips of the above videos, please click here.