Henry Yong named president of Evergreen Valley College in California

Evergreen Valley College May 28, 2011
The San José Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously at a regular Board meeting held on May 24 to appoint Henry Yong as the new president of Evergreen Valley College. He will start on July 1, 2011.

"My goal is to serve as leader and facilitator of a student-centered, collegial and culturally diverse institution such as Evergreen Valley College, where my knowledge, experience and personal characteristics could complement the team efforts of faculty, staff and management in serving the students and community. As President, I will be involved in the community, and will serve to be a bridge between the College and the community. The community support fosters an environment for collective engagement and innovation, and promotes excellence in instruction," stated Mr. Yong.

Mr. Yong has spent 30 years of service in academia, ranging from high school ROP, adult education to community colleges. With experience in both teaching and administration, he holds an inclusive view of the community college system, which allows him to serve the learning needs of students while supporting faculty in their instructional excellence. He believes it is important for students to develop a global perspective in higher education, so that they are equipped to successfully compete anywhere.

In his long career as an administrator, Mr. Yong has supervised a wide spectrum of programs and services. Mr. Yong most recently held positions as Vice President of Instruction at Taft Community College, and Dean of Academic Programs at Victor Valley Community College. At Taft College, he increased enrollment in Distance Learning from 27% to over 48% to meet the learning needs of working adult students, and increased the Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES) of the college. At Victor Valley, he advocated for the college to be approved as Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), leading to eligibility to apply for federal grants. During his tenure at Taft College, the institution successfully applied for five Title V grants, which bring in an additional $4.25 million annually.
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