I’m a generalist to the extreme
We accept the top 100% of applicants”Geoff Green is the CEO of the SBCC Foundation. He talked with Mark and Patrick about his road to SBCC and how Social Justice has become a central theme in his life.
This wide-ranging conversation covered a lot of ground including:
- A bit of background on Santa Barbara City College (SBCC)
- How California has structured, it’s higher ed program with the UC system, the CSU campuses, and the 113 Community Colleges
- There are 2.6M students in California’s community colleges
- How working at Yosemite was a dream job, but not a long term viable place to work
- He comes from a family of teachers – mom, dad, aunts and his brother
- What about being a CEO intrigues him? Figuring out the Big Picture
- His passion, Education, and Access to it – which it turns out is a social justice issue
- His biggest surprise since coming to the Foundation? They have the same problems as smaller organizations
- What the SBCC Promise Program is all about and a brief history of the Promise program in the United States
- Promise Programs promise free education – a big part of Bernie Sanders platform in his 2016 bid for President
- What are the keys to student success?
- — Being a full-time student vs. part time
- — Early enrollments (right out of high school)
- — Access to counselors and mentors
- Geoff is one of the most networked people in Santa Barbara, and his work at the Fund for Santa Barbara was a perfect place for him to hone those skills that serve him well.