From left to right: Dr. Denise Noldon, Dr. McKinley Williams and Dr. Helen Benjamin, Chancellor Contra Costa Community College District.
By Kia Croom
Contra Costa College held a community reception recently to welcome its new president Dr. Denise Noldon, a longtime instructor and administrator in higher education.
Noldon was was chosen among four finalists in May as the college’s 11 president. She replaces former president McKinley Williams, who retired.
The Aug. 15 reception at the college was attended by elected officials, community and civic leaders. Among the speakers were Dr. Bruce Harter, Superintendent, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and Dr. Helen Benjamin, chancellor.
Event highlights included a performance by the children of the childcare center and former president Williams’ passage of a baton to Noldon.
“I really believe that the college and the community are fortunate to have Dr. Noldon as the … president of CCC. She brings a wealth of experience and dedication to student success that will enable her to continue the tradition of excellence that has been associated with one of the premier community colleges in the nation,” said Williams.
Noldon is an East Bay native and alumnus of Berkeley High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling/student development in higher education from California State Long Beach.
She earned a doctorate in College Student Personnel Administration at the University of Maryland at College Park.
She has worked for 20 years as an educator and taught at Drexel University in Philadelphia and Oregon State University, serving also as an administrator at Chabot and Las Positas Colleges.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.