VISALIA — College of the Sequoias has found its new superintendent/president, and it's someone very familiar with the school.
Brent Calvin, currently the vice president of student services at the college, was selected by the COS Board of Trustees on Tuesday after they interviewed four finalists on March 2.
"As a former student and longtime employee of the College of the Sequoias, I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead this great institution,” Calvin said on Wednesday.
Calvin’s first day as president will be July 1, one day after current president Stan Carrizosa’s tenure ends. Carrizosa announced his retirement from COS in August 2017.
Calvin has worked at COS for a total of 16 years and has served as vice president of student services since 2013.
Prior to his current position, Calvin served as an athletic director, academic dean and vice-president of administrative services. He also served as interim superintendent/president for a while before Carrizosa was hired in 2012.
In fact, while Calvin was academic dean, the COS Hanford Educational Center did not have a provost yet, so he also served as the campus dean of the Hanford center for a while.
“I really enjoyed that time there,” Calvin said.
Calvin grew up in Visalia, where he attended Redwood High School before starting at COS.
“I’m excited because this is not just another community college to me, this is definitely home,” Calvin said.
Calvin earned his associates degree from COS; his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton; and two master’s degrees: an MBA in Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master of Education from Northcentral University in Arizona.
Looking forward, Calvin said he’s excited about finishing and implementing the college’s 2018-2021 strategic plan, which he said follows the state chancellor’s vision for success.
He said a lot of people at the college have been working hard to make sure students get in and out of the college faster with degrees, certificates or transfers.
Although John Zumwalt, vice president of the COS Board of Trustees, said Carrizosa is a tough act to follow, he knows Calvin is well-known in the community and “very much loves COS.” He said Calvin has learned from Carrizosa and will make a great fit as superintendent/president.
“We’re confident he’ll apply his knowledge and do a real good job,” Zumwalt said. “We expect a seamless transition.”