June 8th, 2020 – San Mateo County Community College District Chancellor Michael Claire has announced that Dr. Melissa Moreno will be the next president at Skyline College. The District’s Board of Trustees will take formal action on Moreno’s appointment at their meeting on June 24. Dr. Moreno comes to Skyline College from Santa Barbara City College where she has served as Vice President for the School of Extended Learning since 2017.
“I am excited and proud to present Dr. Moreno as Skyline College’s next president and I am confident that she will continue the great traditions of Skyline College and foster the innovation, equity-minded, student-focused work for which the college is known and on which it rightfully prides itself,” said Claire. “I believe Dr. Moreno will be a great leader and partner in the important work of providing quality teaching and learning and supporting students inside and outside of the classroom.”
Moreno has an extensive background in both the private and educational sectors. For more than 20 years, she owned and operated a property management, investment, hotel ownership/management, legal and business consulting business. Her higher education credentials and experiences include serving as an adjunct faculty member for nearly 25 years, teaching courses in paralegal studies, entrepreneurship, and business at UC Santa Barbara, Antioch University and Santa Barbara City College. Prior to her current role as vice president, Moreno served as dean of educational programs and as founding director of the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Santa Barbara City College, and as director of the paralegal studies program at UC Santa Barbara. Moreno is a licensed attorney and earned a juris doctorate from Santa Barbara College of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara.
“It is with humility that I join Skyline College as its next president and I look forward to building upon the great work of my predecessors. I look forward to joining Skyline’s powerful community, and working collaboratively to create meaningful change for students, faculty, staff and our broader region,” said Moreno. “I realize that I take on this new role in a time when our communities are challenged to their core. Our first priority is to protect the health of our students and employees and to work to ensure that all students have equal access to the opportunities and resources they need to be successful.”
Moreno will start her new position on August 1. Her selection is subject to approval of a written contract, the terms of which will be available for public review prior to the Board’s meeting.