Lawrence Buckley Likely Next President of Cañada College

Chancellor Ron Galatolo will recommend his hiring at the Board of Trustees' next meeting.

Cañada College in Redwood City has a likely candidate for its next president.

Ron Galatolo, chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD), announced this week that he will recommend to the college's Board of Trustees that that Dr. Lawrence Buckley, who has been serving as the interim president of San Bernardino Valley College since January, be selected as the college's 10th president during the board's upcoming Dec. 6 meeting.

“Dr. Buckley brings a wealth of leadership experience that will undoubtedly benefit Cañada College and the District as a whole,” said Galatolo this week.

Prior to serving as interim president at San Bernardino Valley College, Buckley was the vice president of instruction for two years at the school.

Earlier in his career, he served as vice president of instruction at Fullerton College. He also served as the dean of visual, performing and communication arts at Chaffey College and dean of instruction at Lake Tahoe Community College.

"I am delighted to join the Cañada College family and to have the opportunity to work with faculty, staff and students with such an exceptional commitment to academic excellence and student success,” Buckley said this week.

Buckley’s career began as a history professor in the University of Hawaii system, and he later became a tenured faculty member and department chair at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif.

Buckley holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in history, as well as a Ph.D. in history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

If confirmed by the Board of Trustees, Buckley would begin his position as Cañada College's president on Jan. 1.


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