SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) has hired an experienced and longtime California Community College administrator and faculty member as its new vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Raymond Gamba joins the LTCC leadership team at the end of June, taking over as outgoing Vice President Dr. Michelle Risdon, who is retiring.
During his three-decade career, Dr. Gamba has served as a full-time and adjunct teacher, lecturer, statistical researcher and consultant, academic department chair, and dean of several California community colleges and universities. He currently serves as Dean of Social Sciences and Distance Education at West Valley College in Saratoga, where he manages nine different academic departments and directs the college’s distance education program.
Previously, Dr. Gamba worked at City College of San Francisco for nearly 20 years, starting as a tenured professor of psychology and later becoming chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. He then transitioned into college administration as Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Multicultural Studies, then as Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Services. social.
He began his career as a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, then honed his research skills at the University of San Francisco, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, and Claremont Graduate University.
The combination of Dr. Gamba’s teaching experience in the California community college system, his expertise in leading various academic programs and departments, and his demonstrated innovation in quality and access to education at distance are what led to the LTCC’s decision to offer him the position of Vice President.
“Ray is passionate about what our colleges stand for, and he is committed to continuing to develop ways in which we can empower, transform and inspire our students to achieve their personal and professional goals,” said LTCC Superintendent/President , Jeff DeFranco. “His advocacy for an equity-focused approach will build on the quality of academics and the supportive environment already in place here at LTCC.”
Dr. Gamba helped guide West Valley College in its transition to remote learning before and during the pandemic, receiving the Oak Tree Award for Extraordinary Service for these efforts. He is a strong advocate for demonstrating a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), embracing a personal mission statement of “eradicating racism and empowering all of our students with the experiences and success they deserve”.
President DeFranco added, “His dedication to DEI efforts is rooted in his community college classroom experiences, his academic background in social psychology, his acquired leadership expertise, and his lifelong commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. He understands that teaching and learning decisions must be based on carefully extracted and evaluated data to fill gaps in our educational practices.
Dr. Gamba obtained his doctorate. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University in 2000. He received his master’s degree in applied social psychology from the same school in 1993. His bachelor’s degree in psychology was from the University of San Francisco in 1989. Before joining the faculty of CCSF in 1998 he taught for Fullerton and Chaffey colleges. He worked at the University of San Francisco as a research assistant and statistical consultant while pursuing his studies, and his research work has been reflected in nearly a dozen publications with the American Psychological Association, the Journal of Environmental Education, Health Education Quarterly, and others. .
Dr. Gamba began his tenure at the LTCC on June 27, a day he had been looking forward to. “From day one on campus, I have seen the LTCC community work collaboratively to help students with their academic and career aspirations,” he said. “I was looking for a new home where the college would be integrated into the fabric of the surrounding community, and I found this new home. The core of who I am is a community college instructor and educator who genuinely cares about the development of the whole student. »
Dr. Gamba’s connection to the Lake Tahoe Basin began 45 years ago when his father built a home in Tahoe Vista. “My earliest memories are of the Lake Tahoe region. This region has so much potential and, of course, challenges, but the educational opportunities provided by LTCC will play an important role in the future of South Lake Tahoe and the region” , said Dr. Gamba.
For more information about LTCC and its academic programs, degrees and certificates, please visit www.ltcc.edu.