Primavera Monarrez Named Interim President of Porterville College

Primavera Monarrez

Porterville, CA – May 28, 2024 – Porterville College (PC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Primavera Monarrez as Interim President, effective in early June. Ms. Monarrez brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to student success to this leadership role.

Primavera Monarrez is a seasoned higher education professional with a distinguished twenty-year career in higher education encompassing both the two-year community college and four-year university landscapes. Her experience spans various roles, including manager, innovator, supervisor, motivator, and visionary leader.

She has been a tireless advocate, advisor, and mentor for students with a proven track record of success in developing programs and educational initiatives.

Ms. Monarrez is a product of the California community college system and a first-generation college student, giving her a unique perspective in dealing with issues facing students in the central valley. She is a passionate leader who has demonstrated a deep commitment to student success placing students at the epicenter.

Before joining Porterville College in 2018, Ms. Monarrez served as Dean of Student Success at Taft College and Interim Vice President of Student Services.

“I am honored to serve as Interim President of Porterville College,” said Ms. Monarrez. “I deeply respect PC’s legacy of excellence and unwavering dedication to student achievement. My experiences as a nontraditional student had a transformative impact on my life and launched my lifelong passion and dedication for the critical mission of higher education, specifically community colleges. That passion excites me to continue the wonderful work being done with the exceptional faculty, staff, and students of Porterville College to build upon that legacy. Together, we will work to enhance educational opportunities, support student success, and continue to strengthen our ties with the community. My top priority will be ensuring a smooth transition and fostering an environment where all students can thrive – and none are left behind. We are committed to ensuring all students have the building blocks to reach their full potential.”

A strong communicator and team builder, Ms. Monarrez has a singular focus: ensuring the needs of students are at the forefront of every decision. Her commitment to student success and her proven ability to build strong teams align perfectly with Porterville College’s mission to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to empower our community. It also positions her perfectly to lead Porterville College through this transitional period.

“The appointment of Primavera Monarrez as the Interim President of Porterville College is significant,” said Kern CCD Chancellor Steven Bloomberg. “As we look to continue to build on the strengths of Porterville College, Primavera’s knowledge and first hand experience will ensure continuity and allow for a smooth transition during this time of change.”