Vice President for Student Affairs
Associates of Arts- Ventura College, 1992
Bachelors of Science, Chicano Studies, CSU Northridge, 1994
Masters of Social Work, Arizona State University, 1997
Doctorate of Educational Leadership, California Lutheran University, 2015
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Dr. Peña began his role as our Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2016.  Dr. Peña served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands from 2007-2016.  Prior to CI, he served as the Senior Director of Academic Programs at California Lutheran University from 1997-2007.  Dr. Peña is a first generation college student who is actively involved in the community and is a proud graduate of Ventura College.  He is involved on a statewide and national level as a member of the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Western Regional Board of Directors.

On a personal level, his commitment to supporting the inclusion of Latina/o and other historically marginalized student groups is grounded in his desire to give back to his community. He was born and raised in Ventura County (Oxnard) and worked directly for 23 years with under-served student populations in higher education, including first-generation, low-income, and Latina/o students. He is a father to a son with non-verbal autism and an active member in the disability community of Ventura County. Together, these personal experiences have led him to support students of all backgrounds with compassion.