Meet the Chancellor
Adriana Barrera began her career in higher education in 1982 at Austin Community College in Texas where she served in progressively more responsible positions over a ten year period. Upon completion of her tenure at that institution, she was appointed as executive assistant to the president at El Paso Community College. In 1994 she was named as its interim president and subsequently as its president.
Dr. Barrera was appointed president of Los Angeles Mission College in July 2000. Located in Sylmar, California, the college is one of the nine colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). In December 2005, she was selected as the District’s Senior Vice Chancellor. This title was later changed to Deputy Chancellor to reflect additional duties and responsibilities.
She has worked with faculty and staff in the development of participatory governance models of decision making, on accreditation issues, and on resource development. At Mission College, she led the college’s facilities planning activities culminating in a master plan that included renovation and new construction totaling $176 million.
As a district executive, Dr. Barrera has had administrative oversight for educational support services; business operations of procurement, contracting, health and safety, Workers’ Compensation and employee benefits; accounting and disbursements; budget development and management; and information technology. In her role as Deputy Chancellor, she continued to provide leadership and support pertaining to the operations of the Educational Services Center (District Office), including information technology and human resources.
The LACCD Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Barrera as interim chancellor on July 1, 2013.