Dr. Linda Lujan
President, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Dr. Linda Lujan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges in the Phoenix metropolitan area. CGCC is a comprehensive college with university transfer, general education, developmental education, continuing education, and workforce development programs. CGCC's three locations serve more than 19,000 students annually in the growing and vibrant communities of the Southeast Valley including Chandler, Gilbert, and Queen Creek.
A community college graduate, Lujan started her own academic career at Arapahoe Community College where she earned an Associate of Applied Science in Management Information Systems. While still in college she was invited to teach a COBOL programming class as an adjunct faculty member and fell in love with learning and teaching and the community college mission. As she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management from Colorado Christian University and her Master of Arts in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University, she continued to teach at Arapahoe Community College. During that time, she moved from her initial role as an adjunct faculty member to full-time faculty member. Lujan served more than 13 years as a full-time faculty member, including eight years as department chair of the Computer Science and Information Technology programs before stepping into an administrative role.
After transitioning from her faculty position, Lujan served eight years as an administrator in Colorado’s community college system, including four years at Arapahoe Community College, a suburban institution in Littleton, Colorado, as Director of Educational Technology. She then became an academic dean at the Community College of Denver, a multi-campus Hispanic-serving institution, where she had oversight for all the operations of the Center for Business and Technology and the Center for Health Sciences, as well as Performance Solutions, the corporate training and workforce development unit.
In 2005, Lujan relocated to Phoenix and served four years as Vice President for Academic Affairs at South Mountain Community College, another of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges. She has served as president at Chandler-Gilbert Community College since July 2009.
Lujan earned her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University where her research interests included first-generation students, under-served student populations, assessment of student learning, K-14 partnerships, and educational technologies. She remains active in the classroom, having taught doctoral courses part-time via distance learning for Colorado State University and master’s courses for Northern Arizona University.
Lujan’s community involvement at South Mountain Community College included her service as a board member on the South Mountain/Laveen Chamber of Commerce and participation on the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars Advisory Committee for the Maricopa Community Colleges. As co-chair and founding member of the Women’s Philanthropy Circle, Lujan has a long history of resource development and fundraising. At CGCC, she represents the college on a variety of boards and committees including the Chandler and Gilbert Chambers, the East Valley Partnership, The East Valley Economic Development Committee, the Chandler Economic Development Board, The East Valley Think Tank, the 2012 Greater Phoenix Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Board, and the Arizona State University Polytechnic Community Advisory Board.
Lujan serves on the American Association for Community College Sustainability Task Force as well as being a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. A member of the American Educational Research Association and the American Association of Community College Women, Lujan has published and presented nationally on topics as diverse as ethics, technology, assessment, quality standards for online learning, early/middle college, and student success factors.
A first-generation student who entered college at age 30, Lujan was profiled in an October 2006 community college supplement to the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled, “I Wanted to Give Something Back,” where she described her non-traditional pathway into higher education. Lujan’s guiding principle is “make a difference,” and she is an unabashed community college advocate who proudly states, “America’s community colleges make a significant difference in the lives of students and their communities.”