Randal Lawson - Executive Vice President

Randal Lawson

Appointed Executive Vice President of Santa Monica College in January 2005, Randal Lawson previously served that institution in several administrative positions including Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Administrative Dean, Instruction; Administrative Dean, Academic Personnel; and Dean, Arts Division.

Lawson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California. As a pianist, he has performed in solo and chamber music recitals throughout Southern California and has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern California Symphony Orchestra, and the Santa Monica College Orchestra.

After joining the Santa Monica College faculty in 1979, Lawson served as Music Department Chair and was the first coordinator of the Arts Mentor Program. Elected Academic Senate President in 1987, he was also a member of the Educational Policies Committee of the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges during that academic year.

As the chief instructional officer of Santa Monica College, he has led in the development of the curriculum for the successful Academy of Entertainment and Technology, in the creation of the High School Dual Enrollment Program, and in facilitating significant growth in the College’s general instructional program.  He serves as Accreditation Liaison Officer and co-chaired the 1998, 2004, and 2010 accreditation self-study processes.

A member of the Executive Board of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers organization since 2000, Lawson served as CCCCIO President in 2002-03 and again in 2006-07 and was the 2007-2008 recipient of the Carter Doran Leadership Award.  He was also the recipient of the ACCCA Administrative Excellence Award for 2008-2009.  A founding member of the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum, he served as one of its co-chairs for the 2005-2006, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009 academic years and is again a co-chair for 2009-2010.   He is also a member of the ETS (Educational Testing Service) National Community College Advisory Council.

e-mail to: lawson_randal@smc.edu