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Blazing a new trail
by Chip Latcham
Mar 28, 2012 | 701 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
College and community officials are genuinely excited to welcome Dr. Beatriz Espinoza as the new president of Coastal Bend College.

The board of trustees named her last Thursday evening from among five finalists for the CBC leadership position. The vote was unanimous.

She is the first woman and first Hispanic to hold that title.

Dr. Espinoza was cited for her wide range of experience, her being raised in South Texas and her outstanding academic credentials.

“We’re excited,” board president Paul Jaure said. “Dr. Espinoza aligned with the responsibilities and expectations we were looking for in our new president.”

Espinoza comes to CBC from Yuba Community College District in Marysville, Calif., where she served as vice chancellor for educational planning and services. She is an experienced educator and college administrator with 25 years in higher education.

“I think the board made an outstanding choice,” said CBC Interim President Dr. Jimmy Goodson. “Dr. Espinoza’s visit to the college was very important in the selection process.”

Former CBC President Dr. John Brockman and others were impressed with Dr. Espinoza, adding that she was selected as a presidential finalist for both El Paso Community College and Coastal Bend.

During the evaluation process, some remarked on her “passion for higher education,” “demonstrated knowledge of our college” and “experience with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).” She was referred to as “energetic” and “experienced.”

Recording secretary Gloria Rincon even warned the board, “We might need roller skates” to keep up with her.

The new president will begin work here the first week of June. She will be accompanied to Beeville by her husband and 6-year-old daughter.

However, she expects to be on campus in the second week of April, when the board is planning a welcoming reception.

Every president at CBC (since its inception as Bee County College) has exhibited his own leadership style and made his own imprint, helping mold and shape the institution to its present role of providing higher education through four campuses to thousands of students in this region, many of whom may not otherwise have attended college.

We are eager to witness where Dr. Espinoza will lead our college in the years ahead.

– Chip Latcham
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