Omero Suarez has been an educational leader for over 30 years, served as chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in San Diego County from 1998 to 2009, when he retired. As an Achieving the Dream Coach, Dr. Suarez consults with community colleges in California and Texas.
Prior to his role with Achieving the Dream, Dr. Suarez has been recognized as a change-agent focused on creating pathways for equity and access to higher education for all students. Additional leadership positions include serving as Deputy Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago from 1994 to 1998; President of East Los Angeles College from 1989 to 1994; and founding president of the Valencia Campus of the University of New Mexico from 1981-1989. Dr. Suarez currently teaches in the doctoral program for community college leadership at San Diego State University and serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Evidenced Based Change (IEBC), located in Encinitas, California.
Dr. Suarez has worked tirelessly to strengthen the educational pipeline from kindergarten, to the community college, to the university. He has championed pioneering data-sharing agreements that facilitate and enable instructional improvement throughout K-16. Additionally, Dr. Suarez has worked to develop model transfer initiatives that have resulted in streamlining the educational transfer pathway for students from the community college to the California State University system and the University of California system.
Statewide, Dr. Suarez lead the effort to secure equitable funding for community colleges, working to close the gap between the highest and lowest-funded districts in the state. This historical change in the funding formula for California Community Colleges was successfully enacted in 2006.
Educational Background: Dr. Suarez earned his doctorate in Administration of Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1981; Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska; and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Chadron State College in Nebraska.