Porterville College

Kern Community College District Announces Porterville College President Finalists

Kern Community College District (KCCD) Chancellor Thomas Burke is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, three** finalists will move forward in the Porterville College President search process. 

Listed below are candidate biographies and campus forums information. College faculty, staff, administration, and community members are invited to attend.


Porterville College President Finalist Forums

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Porterville College (Forums will be held in SM-SS 102 Forum, adjacent to the Science Mathematics Building

100 E. College Avenue, Porterville, California

  • 4:00 p.m. Ulises D. Velasco, M.P.A. .
  • 5:30 p.m. Claudia Lourido-Habib, Ed.D.

“The community forums provide an opportunity for students, staff and community members to meet and hear from the final candidates. This step in the recruitment process also allows for feedback from attendees to be considered by the Chancellor in the final interview”, stated Tonya Davis, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for Kern Community College District. Final Interviews will be held on May 15, 2019.

“The next Porterville College president will be a leader who can build on the traditions and stability of the past with the innovation and forward-thinking strategies necessary for a successful future,” explains Thomas Burke, Chancellor of the Kern Community College District (KCCD). Porterville College, along with Bakersfield College in Bakersfield and Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest make up the KCCD, which serves more than 30,000 students.


Brief background statements of each candidate are as follows:

Claudia Lourido-Habib

Dr. Lourido-Habib currently serves as Vice President of Madera and Oakhurst Community College Centers in Madera, California. She has been a tenured faculty member in Architecture/CADD and has served as Academic Senate President and Interim Dean of Instruction (Fine, Performing and Communication Arts) at Fresno City College and Interim Dean of Instruction (Ag/Natural Resources, Manufacturing and Business) and Vice President (Student Services) at Reedley College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from CSUFresno, a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from National University, and holds an Ed.D. in Education and Leadership from CSU-Fresno.

Dr. Lourido-Habib’s background includes leading and preparing accreditation documentation, researching and recommending academic and non-academic staffing needs, and leading efforts to increase enrollment. She has also provided leadership for student-focused endeavors such as Athletics, Financial Aid, Counseling, Tutorial Services, and Student Activities. Active in many community organizations, Dr. Lourido-Habib serves as a member of the Madera COMPACT Board, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Investment Board.

Ulises D. Velasco

Mr. Velasco is a community college professional who currently serves as Vice President of Student Services at Mendocino College in Ukiah, California. Prior to this position, he served as Interim Dean of Student Services and Director of Financial Aid, also at Mendocino College, and as Assistant Director of Scholarship Services at Arizona State University. He earned an A.A. in Liberal Studies from Santa Monica College, a B.A. in History from Columbia University (NY), and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Velasco’s experience includes student services administration, financial aid, student affairs, and student equity. He has also served on accreditation and negotiation teams, as well as conducted performance evaluations for management, faculty, and staff. He currently serves on several college committees, including the Accreditation Steering Committee (co-chair), Student Services Council, President’s Policy Advisory Council, and the Planning and Budgeting, Outreach and Marketing, and Student Equity committees.


About Porterville College

With more than 90 years of providing educational services to the community, Porterville College provides a variety of programs and services to meet the needs and interests of students and community members. Degree and certificate programs offered include Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts for Transfer, Associate in Science for Transfer, Certificates of Achievement, Job Skills Certificates, and Certificate of Competency. Non-credit community education courses provide vocational training, professional development, and recreational enjoyment to members of the community.

About Kern Community College District

Kern Community College District (KCCD) serves communities in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties through the programs of Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso College, and Porterville College. Each college offers programs and services that develop student potential and create opportunities for our citizens. One of the geographically largest community college districts in the United States, KCCD serves more than 30,000 students over 24,800 square miles. Our students represent a diversity of religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and ethnicities. For more information, please visit www.kccd.edu.

**A third candidate withdrew from the process, therefore the press release was modified as of 4/29/2019 at 10:47am to reflect the changes and the new schedule for the President Forum. If you have any questions, please contact PC Human Resources at 559-791-2200. 

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