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President Dr. Frank Kobayashi

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Biographical Information

Dr. Frank Kobayashi began his service as American River College’s Interim President on December 17, 2022. Prior to that, Dr. Kobayashi was serving as ARC’s Vice President of Instruction.

Dr. Kobayashi has been with ARC since June 2013, when he was hired as the Natomas Center Dean. During his four-year tenure at Natomas, he also briefly served as the Interim Vice President of Instruction for three months and the Interim Associate Vice President (AVP) of Workforce Development for six months before being promoted to the permanent AVP of Workforce Development in December 2017. 

After two years as AVP, Dr. Kobayashi was selected as the Interim Vice President of Instruction, during which time he provided exemplary leadership and oversight of the college’s instructional activities during the college’s most challenging time. Dr. Kobayashi became the permanent Vice President of Instruction in January 2021.

Prior to Los Rios, Dr. Kobayashi served as the Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development at West Valley College as well as oversight of the West Valley College Campbell Center and Program Manager for Business and Professional Training. Prior to his service at West Valley, Dr. Kobayashi was a founding partner and Vice President for College Media Solutions, a national multimedia firm, which provided streaming online financial aid video clips and customizable financial aid magazines.

Dr. Kobayashi holds an A.A. in Business Administration and an A.S. in Child Development from Santa Rosa Junior College, a B.S. in Human Development from University of California, Davis, an M.A. in Education Policy & Evaluation from Stanford University, and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from University of California, Davis.

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