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William (Bill) Scroggins

Bill Scroggins, Ph.D.

Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, Dr. Scroggins returned “home” to become Mt. San Antonio College’s ninth president on July 1, 2011. Bill has collegially engaged the entire Mt. SAC community in successfully meeting the fiscal challenges of the recession and has led the college to stay at the cutting edge of the state’s new initiatives as the economic recovery brings new resources to community college.

Dr. Scroggins has amassed 40 years of experience in higher education - 27 of those as a chemistry professor and 13 as an administrator. Prior to coming to Mt. SAC, Dr. Scroggins served as Superintendent/President of College of the Sequoias in Visalia for five years. Under his leadership, College of the Sequoias successfully implemented student success initiatives as part of the national Achieving the Dream program. COS also passed three local bond measures, resulting in the creation of permanent centers in both Hanford and Tulare and significant additions to the main campus in Visalia.

Prior to serving as President of College of the Sequoias, Dr. Scroggins spent five years at Modesto Junior College, first as Vice President for Instruction and then, for two years, as Interim President. He served as Dean of Science & Math at San Bernardino Valley College following a 27-year career as a chemistry professor at El Camino College and Chabot College. During his teaching career, Bill served in a number of leadership positions culminating in a two-year term as president of the state Academic Senate.

Dr. Scroggins earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at UCLA and a doctorate in chemistry at UC Riverside. He is a prolific author, having published three books in the field of chemistry and penned innumerable articles and papers.

Bill is active in the community and professionally. He is on the Board of Directors for the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership as well as the California STEM Learning Network. Bill chairs the Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Committee for the California Community Colleges and is a member of Covina Rotary. He was recently elected by his peers to serve on the CEO Board of the Community College League of California.

Bill is married to Lina Chen and they have one daughter. He has two sons from a previous marriage.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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