CINDRA SMITH Cindra Smith is Director Emeritus, Community College League of California, where, for 19 years, she created and directed a number of programs serving boards of trustees, chief executive officers, administrators, faculty and staff of the California community colleges. She led the League’s board policy and administrative procedure subscription service, and was liaison to many community college administrative and research groups. Her areas of expertise include facilitation, effective trusteeship, goal setting, evaluation, the “great teachers” seminar model, and leadership and organizational effectiveness.
She retired from the League in 2007, and currently consults with and facilitates workshops for community college boards of trustees and leadership groups; she has worked with over 90 colleges in California the U.S. and Canada. She recently completed work as the program evaluator for the California Leadership Alliance for Student Success, a project funded by the Hewlett and Irvine Foundations to explore the CEO and board leadership needed to improve student success.
Smith has earned a B. A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M. A. in Psychology from the California State University, Chico, and an Ed. D. in Educational Administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a graduate of the Carver Policy Governance® Academy. Recent recognition included the National Leadership Award for Writing, Research, Leadership and Advocacy from the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development.