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Ronald Kraft named president of Napa Valley College in California after leading the institution on an interim basis since August

Times Herald May 12, 2013

Ronald Kraft named president of Napa Valley College in California

Transforming Napa Valley College into a destination campus, and building a sound fiscal foundation following years of deep budget cuts are two strong goals for newly appointed president Ronald Kraft.

The college's board of directors unanimously selected Kraft, who has served as the college's interim president since August, in a closed session Thursday. He was among four finalists.

"We are fully confident in Ron's ability to continue to successfully lead Napa Valley College," board president Michael Baldini said in a news release Thursday.

In his interim position, Kraft has fully "immersed himself" in his role as interim president and built strong relationships at the college and within the Napa Valley community, Baldini said.

Kraft was hired as interim leader last fall following departure of previous president Edna Baehre-Kolovani.

"This is really the culmination of my career," Kraft said Friday. "This is really a rare opportunity for me to work in a community which really fits with my background and experience. My family and I are looking at being part of this community for a long time to come," he said.

"My hope is that I will be here (in the president position) at least a decade," Kraft added.

A former Laguna Beach resident, Kraft, 63, temporarily relocated to Napa Valley for the interim position. He has deep roots in California community colleges, including years on the governing board of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. He also has extensive experience on college and community foundations.
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