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Carter Doran Leadership Award 2021-2022

Dr. Jennifer Vega La Serna

This award recognizes an active Chief Instructional Officer (CIO) who exemplifies leadership by showing qualities, which Carter Doran embodied in his role as teacher/dean at Mt. San Antonio and Vice President of Instruction at Santa Ana and College of the Canyons:

It is expected that the recipient of the award will have exhibited the following criteria: 1) led with heart, 2) demonstrated creativity, 3) shown sustained commitment to addressing instructional challenges, 4) made a profound impact on a college and/or professional organization. Areas of achievement may involve faculty development, diversity, curriculum transformation, institutional effectiveness, enrollment management etc.

The CCCCIO Organization is grateful to Past President Jennifer Vega La Serna for her unwavering leadership during a global pandemic. Despite epic challenges, she took the organization virtual for many town halls and two conferences, all the while continuing to challenge us to grow and mature in our equity work. Under her Presidency, the CIO organization re-examined its mission and constitution, making changes to promote equity, and with her vision the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocate position on the Executive Board was established. Thank you, Dr. La Serna for your leadership, vision, and strength. For this and so much more, you are awarded the Carter Doran Statewide Service Award

Previous Award Recipients


Equity Champion Award

Dr. Keith Curry

Number of annual awards: at least one; however, the CCCCIO Board may choose to recognize more than one person if they were co-championing a project or initiative that led to significant progress in local, regional, or statewide equity gains.

The CCCCIO desires to recognize a significant contribution made by an individual in the state; therefore, nominees for the CCCCIO Equity Champion Award do not have to come exclusively from the CIO ranks. Instead, CEOs, CSSOs, Faculty, and Classified Staff may also be nominated in addition to CIOs.

Dr. Keith Curry has dedicated his career to serving students first, making equity and inclusion a priority, and bringing social justice and equity to the core of Community College service. The CCCCIO Board is grateful for his leadership and service, for his support of students, and for his tireless work ethic. We are pleased to present to Dr. Keith Curry the 2021-2022 Equity Champion Award.


Visionary Leader Award

Dr. Chris McDonald

The CCCCIO desires to recognize a significant contribution made by an individual in the state; therefore, nominees for the CCCCIO Visionary Leader Award do not have to come exclusively from the CIO ranks. Instead, CEOs, CSSOs, Faculty, and Classified Staff may also be nominated in addition to CIOs.

Dr. Chris McDonald’s vision for the ALIVE Academy has made a significant difference in the professional development offered specifically to Deans and Directors of Color, encouraging them to advance into the ranks of CIOs. While he led a mighty team to accomplish this year long professional development, his vision has made all the difference for many colleagues who have already made their way up the ranks. The CCCCIO Organization is proud to have Dr. McDonald as a colleague and pleased to present him with the Visionary Leader Award for 2021-2022.