GWC Announces Selection of New Vice President of Instruction

The Coast Colleges District Board of Trustees approves Meridith Randall as new Golden West College Vice President

Huntington Beach, CA – June 24, 2020 – Following a national search, Meridith Randall has been selected to serve as the next vice president of instruction at Golden West College. Randall’s contract was approved by the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees on June 17.

A results-driven leader with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Randall has served as Chief Instructional Officer (CIO) in the California community college system for4 years and has served as president of the statewide CIO organization twice.

“We are honored to have Meridith join Golden West College,” said college president Tim McGrath. “Her breadth of leadership experience includes many areas vital to our success as an institution—like online and on-ground instruction, accreditation and institutional effectiveness.”

During her career, she has been an accreditation liaison officer for four different institutions; served on six visiting accreditation teams; participated on state advisory committees for dual enrollment, institutional effectiveness and online education; and has supported the development of multiple career technical education programs. For the past year, she has served as director of programs and educational effectiveness for the California Virtual Campus and has helped lead the effort to develop a statewide online course exchange.

“During these unprecedented times, the educational journey and instructional delivery models are changing quickly. I’m excited to join the college and help to shape the quality of these experiences,” said Randall.

She began her career in community colleges as an English instructor at Palau Community College in 1993, eventually becoming dean of academic affairs there. In 2000, she joined Mendocino College as associate dean and was promoted to vice president of educational services before leaving in 2012 for Shasta College. After a four-year stint at Shasta as CIO, she joined Chaffey College in the same role from 2016 to 2019.

Ms. Randall has a Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College, a Master’s Degree from Cornell University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from New York University School of Law.

Randall will take over for Interim Vice President of Instruction Albert Gasparian in July.