Dr. Omero Suarez, an educational leader for over 30 years, has been recognized as a change-agent focused on creating pathways for equity and access to higher education for all students, working tirelessly to strengthen the educational pipeline and involve the entire campus community in doing so – staff, faculty, administrators and students. He stresses removing barriers to student achievement and ongoing support for programs and services that support student preparation for a changing world.

He has championed pioneering data-sharing agreements that facilitate instructional improvement throughout K-16 and led the successful campaign to secure equitable funding for community colleges in California, working to close the gap between the highest and lowest-funded districts in the state.

Suarez earned his doctorate in Administration of Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1981. His experience includes faculty positions in the Midwest and administrative positions in the West and Midwest; president of East Los Angeles College; founding president of the Valencia Campus of the University of New Mexico; and deputy chancellor for the City Colleges of Chicago prior to returning to California as chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, from which he retired in 2009 after 11 years of service.