President - Joyce C. Ester, Ph.D.
Joyce C. Ester, Ph.D. brings to City Colleges more than twenty years of experience in higher education administration, with a focus on providing students with the supports they need to be successful in college and beyond.
Prior to coming to City Colleges, Dr. Ester served as Associate Vice President for Student Services at Bakersfield College, a community college serving 15,000 students in Bakersfield, CA, 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
At Bakersfield College, Dr. Ester was responsible for the planning, developing, managing, and evaluating comprehensive Student Services programs. She oversaw a student services division of approximately 100 employees who administer the college’s Counseling & Advising Service, Transfer Services, Enrollment Services/Admissions, Assessment Services, Financial Aid, Student Activities, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Articulation, Job Placement, Matriculation, Student Health Center, and Commencement.
She previously served as Assistant Vice President for Judicial Affairs and Division Planning at California State University in Fresno, CA, as Assistant Dean of Students/Judicial Affairs at the University of California Santa Barbara, and as an American Sign Language Adjunct Professor at Santa Barbara City College.
Dr. Ester holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Sociology from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.
Kennedy-King College Leadership Team
Erica Holmes, Ed.D.
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Interim Dean, Dawson Technical Institute
Rebecca Flores, Ph.D.
Dean of Instruction
De’Reese Reid-Hart, Ed.D.
Dean, Student Services
Dean, Adult Education
Executive Director/Executive Chef, Washburne Culinary Institute
Dean, College to Careers
Executive Director, Business Operations
Marcia Turner, Ph.D.
Dean, Center for Distance Learning