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2017 LBSU Leadership Consortium

The Long Beach State Leadership Consortium offered by the Department of Educational Leadership, brings established and emerging leaders together to tackle the challenges that face all sectors of our educational pipeline. Through on-campus visits, motivational and provocative keynote speakers, and small group work with institute faculty, participants will share ideas, strategies and resources culminating in support and guidance achieving common goals. 

Learning how to develop leaders to meet the challenges in the ever-changing world is critical to their success but also to our communities and society at large. The Leadership Consortium will provide candid conversations from experts in the field and unpack challenges with access, equity, and accountability, discuss ways to connect and bridge gaps on the issue, detail best policies, practices, and more!

Click here to register for the 2017 Leadership Consortium.

Friday, October 20th: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Karl Anatol Center - AS 119


Dr. Robert Whitman


  • 5 - 6 PM: Networking Hour

  • 6 - 6:15 PM: Welcome & Introductions

  • 6:15 - 7 PM: Moderated Discussion

  • 7 - 7:30 PM: Q&A Session

  • 7:30 - 8 PM: Wrap-Up  



Dr. Jane Close Conoley was selected by The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees in January 2014 as the newest president of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and officially took office on July 15. Conoley is the first woman to be appointed President of CSULB and the seventh president overall in the 65-year history of the campus. Immediately prior to coming to CSULB, Conoley served as dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She also served from November 2012 to August 2013 as the interim Chancellor of UC Riverside.

Since 2006, along with serving as dean, Conoley was a professor of counseling, clinical and school psychology. Prior to her service at UCSB, she served as dean and professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University (1996-2005) and associate dean for research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Teachers College (1989-94). In addition, she held faculty positions at Texas Woman’s University and Syracuse University.

Dr. Reagan Romali assumed the position of Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District in May of 2017. Prior, Dr. Romali served as the President of Harry S Truman College in Chicago, IL.

Prior to her tenure in Chicago, Dr. Romali served in various leadership capacities within community colleges in California including serving as Vice President of Business Services at Moreno Valley College, where she helped the college obtain accredited status as the 111th community college in California. She also served as an Associate Vice President and Vice President of Administrative Services at Los Angeles City College. Dr. Romali serves on the Board of Directors for Tenet Healthcare – Weiss Memorial Hospital and Uptown United, and formerly the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Dr. Romali holds a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University, an MBA from the University of San Diego and a BA in English from Rutgers University. She also served as an adjunct instructor at Southwestern Community College and National University.

Angela Hewlett-Bloch is a native of Los Angeles and a career educator of 35 years, with 32 of those years serving the students and communities in LAUSD. She attended Cal State University Long Beach to obtain her BA in English and her California Teaching Credential. She later attended CSUN to complete her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Angela taught special education in middle school, yet the majority of her experience teaching English in middle and high school for twenty years (three of those in Maryland) before expanding her professional growth experiences to work beyond the classroom to local and central District offices.

Additionally, Angela has served the Los Angeles Unified School District as a: Substitute Teacher, Program Quality School Review Advisor, High School Principal, Local District Administrator of Instruction, Director of Instruction Operations, Administrator for the Access, Equity and Acceleration Unit in the Division of Instruction, as well as many other positions.


Saturday October 21st : 12:30 - 3:00 PM

Academic Services (AS) Building 2nd Floor

  • 12:30 - 1 PM: Welcome & Lunch
  • 1 - 3 PM: Strategy Sessions with Community College Presidents and Superintendents
    Rooms 235 & 244

Topics to include: CSU Executive Order 1100, Math Preparedness, Higher Education Graduation Rates, Decreasing number of Black College Students, Diverse Faculty at degree-granting postsecondary institutions, California's dropout rate, Widening achievement gaps for disadvantaged students, Recruiting, selecting and retaining talented new teacher candidates, Leadership/Management Strategies

Dr. Lori Adrian - Coastline Community College

Dr. John Hernandez - Santiago Canyon College

Dr. Linda Rose - Santa Ana College

Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite - Lynwood Unified School District

Dr. Mary Sieu - ABC Unified School District

Dr. Joanne Culverhouse - La Habra Unified School District