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Elñora Tena Webb, Ph.D.

President, Laney College

Elñora Tena Webb is President of Laney College, which is located in downtown Oakland, California, and the College is the flagship of the Peralta Community College District, which serves up to 30,000 students. She has led the College to greater levels of student success even with State fiscal exigencies while bringing in millions of dollars from alternative funding sources including the Federal Department of Labor, Energy, Education and National Science Foundation. Through her steadfast and visionary leadership, she has ensured the College’s reaffirmation of accreditation, integrated planning and budgeting, sound resource management, community partnerships and institutional assessment and advancement.

Prior to her appointment as President, Dr. Webb served as the Vice President of Instruction from 2005–2009, ensuring the development of the College’s first comprehensive, regionally- and workforce development-centered Educational Master Plan while significantly enhancing partnerships with businesses and industries.

In her previous role as Dean of Humanities, Language Arts & Social Sciences from 2002–2005, she reinvigorated the division and led the transformation of the culture to support student success-centered practices.

Dr. Webb consistently demonstrates ethical, visionary and collaboration leadership in a range of instructional, student services, research, and administrative roles within all systems of higher education in California. Those institutions included the University of California at Berkeley and at Riverside, California State University at Sonoma, Stanford University, and Contra Costa Community College District.

Using her energetic character and strategic focus, she inspires innovation. She seizes challenges as opportunities. She leads collaborative efforts with teams of community college professionals, fostering effective communications college-wide. Her compassionate and supportive leadership enhances the quality, rigor and overall effectiveness of community colleges.

Her commitment ensures colleges’ prominence in providing quality educational programs and services. She believes that community colleges are the “heart and soul” of higher education, facilitating viable and rewarding societal conditions for the greater good because of their sound partnerships with educational institutions—K-12 and universities—, businesses and industries, governmental entities, foundations, NGOs, communities, elected officials and civic leaders.

She has contributed to books such as Honored but Invisible: Teaching in Community Colleges (Grubb and Associates, 1999), and authoredGovernance Networks and Their Influence on Teaching in Community Colleges (Webb, 2002) and many articles.  She is a frequent speaker at economic, workforce and business forums as well as serving on chamber and review boards, committees and commissions. She is a staunch advocate for strengthening partnerships, aligning resource commitments and otherwise ratcheting up strategic investments in the work of colleges and universities.

In addition to her duties as a College President, Dr. Webb serves in several other leadership capacities, including as a member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Commission on Global Education, the Community College League of California’s CEO Board of Directors and as faculty with the University of CA at Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy.

Dr. Webb was a member of the Community College Leadership program at the University of California at Berkeley and completed her Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Higher Education Administration/Policy.  She also completed all coursework in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Ph.D. program of the Haas School of Business. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Administration is from San Francisco State University and Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with emphasis in Psychology & Education is from the University of California at Riverside.

Dr. Webb is an engaged and effective leader who promotes openness and collaboration.  As a creative problem-solver, she demonstrates an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and student success.  Her ability to navigate through tough and complex challenges has led to recognition by members of the California Legislature and State Senate with the 2011 Community Hero Award.

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