After long search, West Hills Coalinga names Dr. Carla Tweed as the college's president

By The Leader Staff
Dr. Carla Tweed
Dr. Carla Tweed
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The West Hills Community College District announced this week that Dr. Carla Tweed – who officials say started her “educational journey” at West Hills College – will lead West Hills College Coalinga as the college’s sixth president since the district became a multi-college district. Of course, the selection pends approval from the district’s board of trustees at their next meeting on Dec. 14.

District officials say that a nationwide search led to the selection of Tweed. She begins her new position on January 14, 2022, and succeeds Dr. Brenda Thames who left the district for a job as the Superintendent/President job at El Camino College in July.

West Hills College District Chancellor Kristin Clark said,

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Tweed to the West Hills District. She grew up in the Central Valley and started her educational journey at West Hills. She understands the culture of rural, agricultural communities and is committed to building relationships in the community,” said West Hills College District Chancellor Kristin Clark. “Her combination of education, experience, and commitment to the district’s mission, will most certainly help her successfully lead West Hills College Coalinga in its next chapter.”

Tweed served as a president at a private college and at Yuba College as acting president, the dean of arts and education, dean of applied academics, and executive vice president. She is also recognized for building strong community partnerships and expertise in compression planning, while at Yuba College and also for agencies such as the Yuba County Office of Education’s Board and the Yuba Water Agency.

In addition to her professional experience, Tweed has volunteered with CASA as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to be a voice of victim children.

“I am humbled and incredibly honored to serve as the next president at West Hills College Coalinga,” said Tweed. “I am excited to be coming back to the central valley and to the community that I call home. West Hills is where I began my education, and I am committed to advancing the district’s goals of the relentless pursuit of student success, diversity, and inclusion.”

Tweed earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University, and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Chapman University.

Dr. Tweed’s hobbies include running and biking. She is a triathlete and has competed in a half-iron man with her husband. She has four children and three grandchildren. 


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