Dr. Gillespie's Bio

Dr. Greg Gillespie has served in the Ventura County Community College District for six years. He was recently selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as Chancellor beginning July 2017. He began his work in the District as the President of Ventura College. Dr. Gillespie has worked for more than 25 years in the community college system and has served in faculty, director, dean, vice president, and president positions at four different community colleges in Arizona, California and Washington. Dr. Gillespie is focused on supporting Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges and the District in providing equitable student-centered access to quality and relevant educational programs and support services. He works with employer, education, and governmental partners to address shared educational and community priorities. He also serves on a number of local, state, and national organizations and Boards.

Dr. Gillespie grew up in Washington. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Agronomy (Crop Science) from North Dakota State University. He attended Yakima Valley Community College and then transferred and received a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Washington State University. He conducted agricultural research in the public and private sectors for ten years prior to beginning community college work as an agriculture faculty member.

Dr. Gillespie and his wife, Kristin Ockert, live in Ventura.