• To provide a central voice for academic matters in the state of California.
  • To promote and advance teaching and learning in California public community colleges.
  • To provide an instructional administrative perspective on community college issues in California.
  • To participate with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in the consultation process seeking and representing CIOs and, where possible, the views of our liaison organizations: California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE), Council of Chief Librarians (CCL), and Association for Community and Continuing Education (ACCE).
  • To forge a communication link among instructional administrators.

See also, the CCCCIO Constitution.


The CCCCIO will serve as a champion of student success, with commitment to student access, equity, and diversity.


The CCCCIO represents CIO’s statewide with integrity and commitment to academic excellence while providing strong support to CIO diversity within a climate of inclusiveness.

 Executive Board Goals and Strategies

  • Improve and increase the communication within and across all levels of our organization
    • Increase attendance at regional meetings
    • Provide regular email contact between and Executive Board and the field via the President and Executive Board members
  • Serve as a resource to CIOs as colleges implement key initiatives
    • Utilize the CIO web pages, list serve, and newsletter
    • Build relevant sessions on timely issues into the conferences
    • Utilize the regional meetings for regional level discussion as well as statewide issues impacting the California community colleges
  • Build upon the collaborative relationships that have been forged with key statewide organizations
    • Appoint a CIO to each statewide group to attend meetings, represent the perspective of the CIOs, and report back to the field via the Executive Board
  • Continue to advance the visibility of the CCCCIO organization and promote it as a prominent and important voice in student success matters.
    • Provide a welcome atmosphere for input of affiliates and other organizations
    • Participate in partner conferences
  • Influence legislation which will benefit the CCC system and the goals, mission, and purpose of the CCCCIO organization
    • Participate actively in Consultation Council through the President’s attendance
    • Participate on CCCCO and other CC Task Groups that advance the mission of the System
    • Utilize the list serve to move the membership to timely action
  • Provide Leadership Development to current and prospective CIOs
    • Continue offering the 411 Academy
    • Continue to collaborate with the CSSOs on a joint leadership academy once a year
    • Provide mentoring opportunities for new CIOs
    • Explore developing a more extensive CIO academy

Brief (and not quite complete) history

The first meeting of the Northern Deans of Instruction occurred in February, 1958, at the Sonoma Mission Inn.  Twelve men and one woman met with the Chief of the Junior College Bureau, a unit within the State Department of Education.  Their discussions covered:

  • Defining general education
  • Extolling the worthiness of occupational offerings
  • Reducing student attrition
  • Developing more accurate articulation with senior institutions
  • Admitting that some junior college students could not adequately read or write
  • Identifying the duties assigned to a Dean of Instruction.

Though this was an auspicious start, the Northern deans did not meet again until the mid 1960’s.  In 1964, John Kelly (Diablo Valley) invited several Bay area deans to his college to meet for a day for shoptalk.  These types of meetings occurred over the next several years.  The size of the groups gradually expanded as the Bay Area deans become the Northern California deans.  In the spring of 1967, Brook Tauser (Santa Rosa) invited the larger group to Sonoma County.  The selected site was the Hexagon House in Guerneville on the Russian River for an October meeting, the first of a continuous series.  Northern sites also included the Four Seasons Lodge and Rainbow Inn in the Sierras until the early 1970’s.  The Boulder Creek site was utilized until 1986.

In the South, the deans of instruction began meeting in the spring of 1967 in response to an invitation by Arthur Cohen of the UCLA Junior College Leadership Program.  The first six meetings were held each spring at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead facility.  Both Northern and Southern deans continued to meet separately once, then twice a year, throughout the 1970’s.  The usual format was a single day meeting on a campus in the fall and a two-day meeting off-campus in the spring.

An important step towards the creation of a statewide organization occurred in the early 1970’s with the creation of the “Committee of Ten.”  This committee, five from each section of the state, began to meet three or four times a year with representatives of the newly-formed Community College Chancellor’s Office.  Though membership of the original Committee of Ten is not known, early leaders and members of the Committee of Ten at different times included:


  • Gordon Aumack – West Valley
  • Donald Berz – College of Alameda
  • Dale Bratten – Columbia
  • John Kelly – Diablo Valley
  • Hal Seger – Foothill
  • Chuck Synold – Cosumnes River
  • Brook Tauser  – Santa Rosa
  • Dick Yeo – Chabot
  • Floyd Younger – Cabrillo

  • Marv Burdg – San Diego Mesa
  • Norm Chapman – West Los Angeles
  • Henry Childs – Chaffey
  • Wally Cohen – El Camino
  • Jim Fitzgerald  – Orange Coast
  • Trudy Hill – Grossmont
  • Bill Millington – Long Beach
  • Bill Shawl  – Golden West
  • Jack Smith – Los Angeles Harbor

The members of the Committee of Ten were usually from selected regions of CCCJA (as CCLC was then known).  The initial Committee of Ten, however, chose to refer to each of these ten regions as “Rump Groups.”

(Webster’s definition of Rump:  “In legislature, having only a remnant of its former membership and hence regarded as unrepresentative and without authority.”)  The term’s origin is obscure, but several deans ascribe it to Bill Shawl.  Bill jokingly suggested the name, and it quickly stuck.  The deans were then, and continue to be, the only organization in the state to refer to its regions with this unique term.

The Committee of Ten continued to meet with staff (first Harlan Stamm, then Clarence Mangham, Gus Guichard and finally Allen Petersen) from the Chancellor’s Office through the 1970’s, forming the basis of a statewide network.  A statewide chair that rotated between North and South was designated from one of the two chairs that led each section.  The two sections, however, still did not meet together, although the chair of each section—North and South—did attend the other’s meetings during the late 1970’s.  Groups within each section of the state proposed meeting together, but leaders (first North, later in the South) were reluctant to do so, distrusting formal organizations and uncomfortable getting too far ahead of the presidents, who also continued to meet in two separate sections.

In 1979, a group of Southern deans met to pursue more seriously the idea of a statewide organization.  Under the leadership of Dick Sneed (then Santa Ana), also with Marv Burdg (San Diego Mesa), Steve Epler (Long Beach), Don Jenkins (Rio Hondo), Ivan Jones (Glendale), Pat Patterson (College of the Desert), the group developed a newsletter, a telephone tree, a proposed constitution (modeled after the chief business officials), and a suggested name change—from dean to “Chief Instructional Officer.”  This was a time when presidents were more frequently being referred to as “Chief Executive Officers.”  The name change also represented a differentiation from the “Dean of Occupation Education,”—and sought to end the confusion in some people’s minds that the two positions were usually on a parity in an organization.  On behalf of his southern section, chair Marv Burdg proposed to Northern chair John Kelly that a statewide meeting, co-hosted by both of them, be held the following spring in the North.  Kelly agreed, and the meeting was set.

On May 5, 1980, CIOs from up and down the state met together for the first time at Stanford’s retreat at Fallen Leaf Lake, near South Lake Tahoe.  At the meeting, the newly appointed state chancellor, Gerald Hayward, was asked why occupational education deans seemed to exert a greater influence on statewide educational policy development than chief instructional officers who, in virtually all cases, were the supervisors of the occupational education deans.  Hayward responded simply, “Because they’re better organized.”

As a consequence of Hayward’s observation, the reluctance to forming a statewide organization dissipated, and officers of the two separate North and South sections met later to create a statewide organization and recommend a constitution for adoption.

The first president of the newly formed statewide chief instructional officers from 1981 to 1982 was Dick Yeo of Chabot College.  Since that time, the following individuals have also served as CIO presidents:

  • Olive Scott, Cerritos, 1982-83
  • Phil Laughlin, San Joaquin Delta, 1983-84
  • Ted Kilman, Palomar, 1984-85
  • Ron Kong, Cosumnes River, 1985-86
  • Thoyd Latham, San Diego Miramar, 1986-87
  • Shanon Christiansen, Chabot College, 1987-88
  • David Ledbetter, Pasadena College, 1988-89
  • Steve Epler, American River College, 1989-90
  • Carter Doran, Rancho Santiago College, 1990-91
  • Ron Manzoni, Modesto Junior College, 1991-92
  • Julie Hatoff, Miracosta College, 1992-93
  • Nancy Renkiewicz, Mission College, 1993-94
  • Terry Burgess, Irvine Valley College, 1994-95
  • Vicki Morrow, Chabot College, 1995-96
  • Darroch “Rocky” Young, Santa Monica College, 1996-97
  • Annette Lambson, Yuba College, 1997-98
  • John Nixon, Santa Ana College, 1998-99
  • Dona Boatright, College of Marin, 1999-00
  • Diane (Michael) Lutz, Palomar College, 2000-01
  • John Spevak, Merced College, 2001-02
  • Randal Lawson, Santa Monica College, 2002-03
  • Ed Buckley, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2003-04
  • Mathews Jackson, Butte College, 2004-05
  • Pamela Deegan, San Diego Miramar College, 2005-06
  • Randal Lawson, Santa Monica College, 2006-07
  • Lori Gaskin, Lake Tahoe Community College, 2007-09
  • Renee Kilmer, Cabrillo College, 2009-2010
  • Melinda Nish, Orange Coast College, 2010-2011
  • Mary Kay Rudolph, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2011-2013
  • Meridith Randall, Shasta College, 2013-14
  • Craig Justice, Irvine Valley College, 2014-15
  • Irene Malmgren, Mount SAC, 2015-16
  • Mary Kay Rudolph, Santa Rosa Junior College and Meridith Randall, Chaffey College, 2016-17
  • Kelly Fowler, Clovis Community College, 2017-19
  • Leandra Martin, Mission College,2019-2020
  • Jennifer Vega La Serna, College of the Sequioas, 2020-2021

In the late 1980’s, the state Chief Instructional Officers’ organization expanded its advisory function with the development of a more formal consultation process with the state chancellor’s office.  On a given day, the CIO executive board meets as an independent board.  Immediately following the board meeting, they are joined by the chancellor’s designees and support staff to meet as the CIO Council.  The meetings have thus increased from two or three times a year in the 1970’s to nine or ten times a year by the 1990’s.

Several of these regular monthly meetings occur in conjunction with the state Academic Senate Executive Board, and these meetings have grown in significance.  These joint meetings began in February, 1982, when CIO president Dick Yeo invited Barbara Hinckley, president of the statewide Academic Senate to form a liaison group between Academic Senate and Chief Instructional Officers.  She agreed, and the first meeting was held at Skyline College.  For want of a better term, the group referred to itself as “ASCIO” (Academic Senate/Chief Instructional Officers).  It consists of five members each of the Senate Executive Committee and the CIO board, including both presidents.  This group continued to meet regularly and constructively thanks in part to Senate leaders Mark Edelstein and Karen Sue Grosz.  This cooperation was particularly fruitful during the development of the reform legislation, AB1725, and in the creation of a list of disciplines in its aftermath.  ASCIO continues its cooperation by sponsoring projects on educational issues and shared governance.

On April 5, 2002, after much lively discussion, the CCCCIO decided to change the name of the “rump groups” to “regional groups.”  An end of an era and a grand tradition.

In 2001, CCCCIO became a dues paying organization and hired its first Executive Secretary, Carter Doran, a former President of the organization.  Since that time, CCCCIO has grown in influence and stature, serving effectively as an advocacy group for essential community college issues.  A web site, WWW.CCCCIO.ORG, was established in 2002 and a newsletter, CIO News and Views, was initiated in 2005—providing additional avenues for communication.

In 2005, Claire Biancalana, who—as CIO at Cabrillo College—had previously served several terms as a member of the CCCCIO Executive Board, succeeded Carter Doran as Executive Secretary.  In 2006, CCCCIO established the Carter Doran Leadership Award in loving memory of the organization’s former President and Executive Secretary.  The first recipient of this award was Julie Swan Hatoff, Vice President of Instruction at MiraCosta College and also a former CCCCIO President.