Cypress College welcomes Dr. O. Lee Douglas as its new Vice President of Instruction! Pending NOCCCD Board of Trustees approval on September 10, 2020, Dr. Douglas will begin his journey at Cypress College on October 5, 2020.
A career educator, Dr. Douglas held various positions at numerous colleges, including El Camino College, Pepperdine University, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Long Beach City College. He served as a full-time faculty member at Long Beach City College for 15 years, leading as department chair and participating on the Academic Senate. For the past five years, Dr. Douglas was Dean of the School of Language Arts, Communication, and Learning Resources at the college.
Deeply committed to dismantling systemic, structural barriers that produce inequitable student outcomes, his community involvement includes serving on several boards, such as the Center of Hope Los Angeles, Long Beach BLAST (Better Learning for All Students Today), and aLLin Linked Learning. Dr. Douglas is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Long Beach.
Dr. Douglas was raised in Compton, California, and completed a bachelor's degree in communication at Pepperdine University, master's degree in education at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and doctorate degree in community college leadership at National American University.
In his free time, Dr. Douglas loves traveling, gardening, and spending time with his family. He and his wife Greta are the proud parents of three sons, Christian, Robert, and Brandon. They recently welcomed their first grandchild, Paris, to the family.
In her announcement to the campus, President JoAnna Schilling shared, "I am thrilled that Dr. Douglas has agreed to join our team and I look forward to the great things that we will accomplish together under his academic leadership."