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Dr. Sara Parker Appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs

Napa Valley College’s Board of Trustees approved Dr. Sara Parker as Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs

MAY 14, 2020, NAPA, CA – Sara Parker, Ph.D. was named assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs at Napa Valley College, announced Dr. Ron Kraft, superintendent/president after the Board of Trustees approved her contract at its May 14 meeting. Dr. Parker will start her new post effective July 1, 2020.

At Napa Valley College, Dr. Parker will serve as the college’s chief academic officer, responsible for educational policy and academic programs. This includes program review and improvement, accreditation and self-evaluation, assessment of student learning and advancement of student success, academic personnel decisions, budget development, fiscal accountability, program and curriculum development, and the encouragement and improvement of teaching and learning.

“Sara brings an array of impressive experience to Napa Valley College, including a sustained interest in excellent teaching, a performance record of equity and inclusion, a career-long commitment to transformational education and a wonderfully collaborative way of working,” said Dr. Kraft. “Her strengths in faculty leadership, teaching/learning, strategic thinking, communication, teamwork and organizational development will be a tremendous asset to our staff and faculty and our shared commitment to student success.”

“I am honored and delighted to join the Napa Valley College community and to have the opportunity to work with its dedicated staff and distinguished faculty of innovative teachers and administrators,” said Dr. Parker. Noting her involvement in shared governance, “I am committed to creating inclusive environments that engage all members of the campus community in decision making. As Napa Valley College looks ahead to new initiatives, a changing economy, and uncertainty and disruption in the wake of COVID-19, I look forward to bringing my leadership strengths in strategic thinking, communication, teamwork and organization to the college and partnering with all members of campus to successfully achieve the college’s mission and meet student and community needs.”

Dr. Parker currently serves as administrator in charge of science and mathematics and dean of social sciences at Chabot Community College in Hayward. Collectively, these divisions encompass 25 academic programs, including Career Education programs, the Early Childhood Lab School, California Early Childhood Mentor Program, Foster and Kinship Care Education, Program for Adult College Education (PACE) and MESA/TRIO-STEM. In collaboration with faculty and classified professionals, Dr. Parker initiated an Equity Project in her division, an annual open house for social science majors and an outreach and support project aimed at connecting thousands of students more directly to campus services to help them meet their educational goals. She has also chaired and participated on numerous committees, including the Partnership Resource Team for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative and the district negotiating team for Chabot Las Positas Community College District. She currently co-chairs the Outcomes and Assessment Committee and has served on the Curriculum Committee; the Faculty Prioritization Committee; the Planning, Review and Budget Committee, and the Civic and Cultural Engagement Faculty Inquiry Group. Prior to her administrative role, Dr. Parker was a tenured faculty member at Chabot in political science.

A community college advocate, Dr. Parker served for three years as chair of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Status Committee on Community College Faculty in the Profession, and in February 2020 served as co-chair of the national APSA Teaching and Learning Conference. In 2015, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Beijing, where she taught American government and international relations courses at the China Foreign Affairs University and gave lectures around the country.

A Bay Area native, Dr. Parker earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis with highest honors and her M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations and political science from the University of Delaware. Her research interests have focused on understanding how individuals within diverse communities engage with one another; her graduate work focused specifically on post-conflict reconciliation. Her community involvement includes appointments to the Civil Service Commission and the Human Relations Commission in the city of El Cerrito. She is very involved in her children’s schools, having served on the Parent Teachers Association and as Rustic Pathways Chaperone for Berkeley High School service trips to Cambodia and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Parker lives in El Cerrito with her husband, a high school teacher, and their three children.

About Napa Valley College
Napa Valley College prepares students for evolving roles in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world. The college is an accredited open-access, degree- and certificate-granting institution that is committed to student achievement through high-quality programs and services that are continuously evaluated and improved. The college serves students and the community in the following areas:  transfer courses, career-technical education and training, basic skills, and self-supporting contract education and community education classes. Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Learn more at

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: Holly Dawson, Public Information Officer, Napa Valley College
(707) 256-7112

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