Open forums will be held for the final candidates of the Cuesta College Superintendent/President position.

The public, media, and Cuesta College employees are invited to attend. Question cards will be available to all who attend both the San Luis Obispo Campus forums and the North County Campus live broadcast. This event will be recorded and posted here for viewing at a later date. 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9:00am - 3:40pm


The five finalist candidates and their corresponding forum times are:

Dr. Jill Stearns

Dr. Jill Stearns

Forum Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.


  • Doctorate in Education/Community College Leadership at Walden University
  • Master’s in Instructional Technology at National University
  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Cal Poly


7/2012 - Present President at Modesto Junior College
7/2006 – 6/2012 Vice President of Educational Services at West Hills College
8/2005 – 6/2006 Interim Associate Dean of Student Learning at West Hills College

Dr. Geogia Lorenz

Dr. Georgia Lorenz

Forum Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.



  • Doctorate in Education Policy, Planning & Administration from USC, Los Angeles
  • Master’s in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University
  • Bachelor’s in English from Stanford University


7/2014 - Present Vice President, Academic Affairs for Santa Monica College
8/2003 - 6/2016 Adjunct Professor at USC, Los Angeles
2/2008 - 6/2014 Dean, Instructional Services at Santa Monica College

*Dr. Messina has withdrawn her candidacy.

Dr. Kimberlee Messina

Forum Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. 


  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis
  • Master’s in Spanish from CSU Sacramento
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology/Spanish from CSU Sacramento


9/2016 - Present Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services & Planning for San Mateo County Community College District
5/2011 - 8/2016 Vice President of Instruction & Institutional Research for Foothill/De Anza College (FHDA)
8/2015 - 7/2016 Interim President at Foothill/De Anza College (FHDA)

Dr. Jerry Buckley

Forum Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.


  • Doctorate in Education from San Diego State University
  • Master’s in Biology from California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from USC, Los Angeles
8/2013 - Present Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs for College of the Canyons
1/2012 - 7/2013 Vice President, Instruction for San Diego Miramar College
8/1990 - 12/2011 Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Dr Barry Gribbons

Dr. Barry Gribbons

Forum Time: 2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.


  • Doctorate in Education, Measurement & Statistics from USC, Los Angeles
  • Master’s in Educational Psychology from USC, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology from CSU Northridge


2/2015 - Present Deputy Chancellor from Santa Clarita Community College District
7/2007 - 2/2015 Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Institutional Development, Technology and Online Service for Santa Clarita Community College District
7/2004 - 7/2007 Vice President, Institutional Development, Technology, and Online Services/Interim Assistant Superintendent for Santa Clarita Community College District


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