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John C. Hernandez

2008 Distinguished Alumnus

John C. Hernandez

John C. Hernandez

1999, Ph.D., College Student Personnel Administration, University of Maryland, College Park
1992, Master of Science, Counseling, CSULB
1984, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, California State University, Fullerton

Born in Oriente, Cuba, and raised in Anaheim, Calif., John Hernandez has been around enough to recognize quality when he sees it, and he sees it at CSULB. In his own words, “CSULB has become a premier institution regionally, nationally and internationally,” he said. “The student development in higher education and counseling program, in particular, has developed into a nationally recognized graduate preparation program and has reached professional maturity as evidenced by the hundreds of alums who work in higher education regionally and nationally.”

Since 2005, Hernandez has served as vice president of student services for Santiago Canyon College in Orange, Calif., where he is the chief student services officer responsible for the overall planning, coordination, delivery, funding and evaluation of all student services and programs.

Before joining Santiago Canyon, Hernandez was associate vice president and dean of students at Cal Poly Pomona from 2002 to 2005, associate dean of student development and interim EOPS Director at Santa Ana College and assistant dean for student affairs and outreach counselor at Cal State Fullerton.

He continues to teach at Cal State Long Beach and has served as director of professional development and a member of the governing board for the American College Personnel Association.

From Alumni Awards 2008 program