The San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees approved Dr. Horan’s appointment during a special public meeting on November 19. He will assume the presidency on January 7, 2019. Dr. Horan was selected from among more than 50 candidates. Dr. Audre Levy will continue to serve as interim Crafton Hills College president until the end of the semester.
“Kevin Horan brings two decades of leadership expanding career training and higher education opportunities for low-income and first-generation students and a refreshing zeal for building bridges, and trust, with people from all walks of life,” said Chancellor Bruce Baron.
Crafton Hills College enrolls more than 6,000 students, employs more than 400, and offers more than 50 academic and career education programs.
Horan comes to Crafton Hills College after 13 years with the Contra Costa Community College District, which includes Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley College, and Contra Costa College.
“Crafton Hills College is on an upward trajectory to ensure more students have affordable access to the best higher education and career training to live better lives,” Kevin Horan said after the board of trustees appointed him president. “I cannot be more humbled, nor more excited, to work with students, faculty, staff and the broader community to take Crafton Hills College to new heights.”
Serving as the chief instructional officer of Los Medanos College, Horan focused on student achievement by increasing distance education offerings, implementing guided pathways, and strengthening dual enrollment partnerships with K-12 districts. Additionally, he led the planning and implementation of more than $125 million in bond-funded facilities projects including classroom modernization, technology upgrades, and new satellite campus.
Horan earned an educational doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Mary’s College, a master of science in college student personnel from Western Illinois University, and a bachelor of arts in government and dramatic arts from Saint Mary’s College.