Dr. Sean Hancock Named President

Dr. Sean Hancock Named President of Cerro Coso

Kern Community College District announces next Cerro Coso Community College President Dr. Sean C. Hancock to begin term at the end of September 2020 

Chancellor Thomas Burke of the Kern Community College District is pleased to announce Dr. Sean C. Hancock as the next President of Cerro Coso Community College.

“Dr. Hancock brings extensive experience in higher education administration, instruction, and student learning support services that will ensure Cerro Coso Community College's continued emphasis on improved student outcomes, building on the outstanding leadership of his predecessor, President Jill Board,” Burke says. “Additionally, Dr. Hancock will have a keen focus on navigating through the current Covid-19 crisis with a long-term vision for transitioning to a more stable environment in the future.” A nationwide search process included several excellent candidates, on-campus forums, and several rounds of interviews prior to Dr. Hancock's appointment for the position.

Dr. Hancock's Background

Dr. Hancock most recently has served as Vice Chancellor for Student and Institutional Success at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in El Cajon. His primary responsibilities included providing vision and leadership for the district-wide academic and student services, community and workforce development, integrated strategic planning, institutional research, and information technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in community college administration and leadership in California. He earned an Associate's Degree from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, a Bachelor's in Management and Organization Development from Fresno Pacific University, an MBA from TUI University in Cypress, and holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Leadership with emphasis in Higher Education/Community Colleges from University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Future Goals

“Dr. Hancock will be a strong and innovative leader who can build a successful future for Cerro Coso Community College by working with the Kern Community College District to achieve the vision set forth for student success goals,” says Chancellor Burke. Cerro Coso Community College has provided a variety of programs and services to meet the needs and interests of students and community members since 1973. The school provides educational opportunities for a population base of more than 85,000 over 18,000 square miles, covering a four-county region in eastern California that includes mountain, desert, and valley communities. Chancellor Burke will officially recommend Dr. Hancock to the KCCD Governing Board at their meeting on August 13th. He will begin his term at the end of September.