Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr. Rodriguez graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor's degree in Chicano studies and his master's degree in community development. He received his Ph.D. in Education from Oregon State University and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Loyola Marymount University.
Since 2014, Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., has served as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the largest community college district in the nation with nine accredited colleges, and over 200,000 student enrollments. As CEO, he is responsible for strategic and long-range academic planning, fiscal stewardship, facilities and capital outlay, and enrollment management.
Under his leadership, Dr. Rodriguez has increased revenues to the District, hired over 900 full-time, tenure-track faculty, bolstered faculty and staff racial and gender diversity, and expanded community and business engagement and philanthropy.
Dr. Rodriguez has 30-plus years of experience as a faculty member and administrator within California public higher education, and speaks and writes on a variety of higher education topics, including transformational leadership, racial equity and social justice, educational opportunity, transfer, student success, foundations and philanthropy, governance, equity and inclusion, STEM education and workforce development.