Porterville College

KCCD announces next Porterville College President

Dr. Claudia Lourido-Habib to begin term on July 8, 2019

Bakersfield, CA—May 31—Chancellor Thomas Burke of the Kern Community College District is pleased to announce the next Porterville College President, Dr. Claudia Lourido-Habib. “Dr. Lourido-Habib comes to us with extensive experience that will ensure that Porterville College continues the outstanding work focused on improved student outcomes,” Burke says. The announcement comes after a successful nationwide search process which included several excellent candidates, on-campus forums, and several rounds of interviews.

Dr. Lourido-Habib’s Background


Dr. Lourido-Habib comes to Porterville College after serving 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 CSU Fresno, 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 has extensive experience in 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. Dr. Lourido-Habib has been active in many community organizations, such as the Madera COMPACT Board, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Investment Board.

Future Goals


“Dr. Lourido-Habib will be a leader who can build a successful future for Porterville College based on the traditions and stability of the past in combination with innovation and forward-thinking strategies that will benefit current and future students, faculty and staff, and the entire Porterville community,” says Chancellor Burke. Porterville College has provided a variety of programs and services to meet the needs and interests of students and community members for more than 90 years. The school offers seven degree and certificate programs, plus non-credit community education courses to provide vocational training, professional development, and recreational enjoyment to members of the community.

Chancellor Burke will officially recommend Dr. Lourido-Habib to the KCCD Governing Board at their meeting on June 13. Her first day at Porterville College will be July 8.

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