2017 Distinguished Alumna
Denise F. Noldon
Interim President, Los Angeles Southwest College
1998, Doctor of Philosophy, College Student Personnel Administration, University of Maryland at College Park
1991, Master of Science, Counseling in Higher Education, CSULB
1977, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Black Studies, CSULB
Known as “a dynamic leader with a heart for student success,” Denise Noldon has used her platform as a leader in public higher education to improve the lives of thousands of college students and community members over the course of her remarkable career.
In her current role as interim president of Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC), Dr. Noldon provides executive leadership — with an emphasis on academic programs, campus budgets, enrollment management, human resources, and facilities — for the entire LASC campus. Previously, the Berkeley native provided statewide leadership and technical assistance as interim vice chancellor for student services and special programs for the California Community Colleges.
Other positions include president of Contra Costa College and vice president of student development and enrollment management at Folsom Lake College. Dr. Noldon is grateful for the mentoring she received and lifelong friendships she made at The Beach.
As an employee of CSULB, Noldon served as an Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) counselor and Director of the Upward Bound program. Her involvement with EOP continues to this day: she gave keynote address to the EOP graduating class of 2015 and also moderated a panel for the program’s fiftieth anniversary in 2016.
She began her work with students as a student assistant with the Student Support Services program.
From Alumni Awards 2017 program