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A Message from Interim Chancellor Jose F. Torres

Interim Chancellor Jose Torres


Dear friends and colleagues:

My name is Jose Torres and I’m the Executive Vice Chancellor for the San Bernardino Community College District. I am also honored and humbled to serve as Interim Chancellor while the district conducts a nationwide search for our next leader.

Some of you may know me, but for those who don’t, I’d like to share a little bit about myself and what motivates me to come to work each day.

I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, the youngest of 11 siblings. My mom never learned how to read or write. My dad’s education never went beyond the 3rd grade level. Seeking better opportunity, I immigrated to the United States at the age of 15, taking the lessons of my family within me — humility, hard work, and optimism. 

But it was the encouragement and support of my teachers, college staff, guidance counselors, and my wife, that allowed me to dream big, seize opportunities, and become the first of my family to attend and graduate from college.

After navigating and graduating from the community college system, I transferred to Cal Poly Pomona where I earned a bachelor’s degree, and subsequently earned a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

I share this with you as a reminder that everything you do will impact the lives of students and their families.

What might seem like a simple conversation with a student could be a key piece of advice that helps them find their way. Your encouragement can make the difference in a student deciding to complete their education. You inspire students to dream bigger.

In my six years with the district, I have seen a lot of positive change. SBCCD has great momentum and has become a top-performing district in terms of student success, community partnerships, fiscal stability, competitive salaries, and greener buildings.

The state of our district is strong, and with your teamwork, innovative spirit, and leadership, we will continue building on this momentum.

I look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead to ensure students — regardless of who they are or where they’re from — have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Sincerely, 

Jose F. Torres

Interim Chancellor, San Bernardino Community College District 



Biography

Jose F. Torres was appointed Interim Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District by the Board of Trustees on December 2019. Interim Chancellor Torres's upbringing mirrors the diversity of SBCCD's student population. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, he is the son of a laborer and a housemaid and the youngest of 11 siblings. He left his hometown in search of the American Dream and took the lessons of his family within him — humility, hard work, and optimism. Torres enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College and became the first in his family to pursue a college degree. With the support of teachers, counselors, and his wife Ati, Torres navigated the community college system and transferred to Cal Poly Pomona, where he earned a bachelor's in business administration and accounting and subsequently earned his master’s in public administration from Cal State San Bernardino. 


Driven by his desire to open doors of opportunity for others, Torres has dedicated his career working on expanding access to affordable housing and higher education. Before joining the San Bernardino Community College District, he served for nearly a decade as vice president of finance at the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino. Today, Torres oversees SBCCD's $200 million operating budget and ensures students – regardless of who they are or where they come from – have the opportunity to achieve their potential. Torres and his wife Ati live in San Bernardino County, and he considers being a father one of the most important roles of his life. On weekends, he enjoys coaching and cheering on his daughter Nayah's soccer team.