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Regarded as an educational leader, Dr. Andreea Serban serves as Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services at Coast Community College District, in Costa Mesa, California. As such, she provides leadership and oversight for a myriad of program areas of the multi-college district, which enrolls nearly 50,000 students across three colleges. Dr. Andreea Serban oversees student services, instruction, and career-related technical learning programs throughout the district. She also bears responsibility for activities in the areas of institutional research, grant development, and international programs. Furthermore, Dr. Serban advances the mission and success of the district by setting educational strategy and forming external partnerships. Dr. Andreea Serban accepted her present post after spending more than three years as Superintendent/President of Santa Barbara City College, one of the nation’s top two-year educational institutions. As Chief Executive Officer, she implemented policies approved by the Board of Trustees and led the college’s programs and operations. Her leadership duties spanned multiple areas, from student success to budgeting to planning to personnel development, to name a few. During her tenure, the college garnered 9 commendations in its re-accreditation process, secured millions in new grants to enhance student success, issued $47 million in infrastructure bonds, and achieved the status of a Hispanic Serving Institution from the federal government. Throughout her more than 20-year career, Dr. Andreea Serban has applied her leadership capabilities on a regional and national stage. She performs as President of the Board of the California Colleges for International Education, a nonprofit with membership numbering more than 80 community colleges. In 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Dr. Serban to the prestigious U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the commission’s sole current community college appointee. Earlier in her professional life, Dr. Serban was one of the authors of Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges. This award-winning work laid the foundation for today’s statewide initiative on basic skills and student achievement.

Work experience

Oct 2011Present

Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services

Coast Community College District


Dec 1995Dec 1997


University at Albany