Dr. Chui L. Tsang - Superintendent/President
Dr. Chui L. Tsang was appointed Superintendent/President of Santa Monica College by the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees in December 2005 and began in his position in February 2006. Santa Monica College is a premier public community college with approximately 30,000 students.
During his tenure, Dr. Tsang has made a major impact on Santa Monica College, bringing fiscal stability to the institution; fostering cordial relations among all constituencies at the college; establishing an open and inclusive management style; and building excellent relations with Santa Monica City Hall, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and other local and regional organizations. Active in the community, he serves on the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Board and The Madison Project Board (a nonprofit serving the SMC Performing Arts Center), among others, and has been a speaker at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the USC Rossier School of Education.
Under his leadership, the college has solved its long-standing parking problems through a combination of an aggressive and groundbreaking public transit initiative and building a new satellite parking lot.
Under his direction, the college began a long-term planning process to ensure financial and institutional stability. He has also overseen the opening of several new multi-million-dollar, award-winning facilities projects on campus, including the Theatre Arts Building, Humanities & Social Science Building, and the SMC Performing Arts Center & Music Academy. In addition, he is leading the college through millions of dollars in further improvements over the next few years, including a quad and $120 million Student Services Building project.
Dr. Tsang’s global citizenship vision is being brought to life on campus as a pioneering initiative to instill in students the opportunities and responsibilities of living in a global community.
Prior to coming to Santa Monica College, Dr. Tsang served as President of San Jose City College for nearly nine years.
Dr. Tsang, who started his higher education at a community college and went on to earn a doctorate in linguistics from Stanford University, has had a long and distinguished career in education, workforce training, economic development and nonprofits.
While at San Jose, Tsang led the college on a $200 million-plus construction boom, funded primarily by voter-approved bonds in 1998 and 2004. Under his leadership, a strategic planning model was developed and the college’s transfer mission was reinforced.
Prior to his post at San Jose, he served as a dean at the City College of San Francisco and as Executive Director of Career Resources Development Center, a vocational training and employment agency approved by the California State Department of Education.
He has taught at Stanford University, De Anza College in Cupertino and San Francisco State University.
Dr. Tsang has been involved in many professional and community organizations at the local, state, national and international levels. He was also active in a diverse range of social service organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dr. Tsang attended Contra Costa College, a two-year campus in the East San Francisco Bay Area, transferring to UC Berkeley to earn his B.A. degree in linguistics in 1975. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford in 1981 and is published in the fields of linguistics, education and workforce training.
His awards include Union Bank of California’s Local Hero Award and U.S. Department of Labor honors for his work in workforce and economic development.
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