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President's Bio

Whitney Yamamura, President of Folsom Lake CollegeMr. Whitney I. Yamamura was appointed the third president of Folsom Lake College (FLC) by the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees on June 14, 2017. He began his tenure at FLC on July 24, 2017, succeeding Dr. Rachel Rosenthal who retired.

The fourth generation Sacramentan has been a dedicated community college educator and administrator with the Los Rios Community College District since 1989. Having now served at all four Los Rios colleges, Whitney has a great appreciation for and understanding of each college's culture and how that fits within the larger Los Rios family and the vast and diverse communities they serve.

Whitney most recently served the district as the Interim President of Sacramento City College in the spring of 2017. During his eight-year tenure at Cosumnes River College (CRC), he held the position of Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning and also served as Interim President in Spring 2015 while CRC conducted its own presidential search. Preceding that, Whitney was the founding Dean of the Natomas Center, an educational outreach center of American River College (ARC), and the Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

In addition to his higher education administrative experience, Whitney began his career as a faculty member and tenured professor of economics at ARC. He was inspired by his father Sam's commitment to public education as Sam taught in the Elk Grove Unified School District for 30 years. Whitney's passion for teaching and his commitment to economics' adage of focusing on the bigger picture continue to define his professional journey.

He holds a master's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento, and is currently finishing up his doctorate at UC Davis.

Whitney is the second Asian American College President in the district's history and is an active member of Asian and Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA), and the Beta Gamma Sigma honors organization.

In his time off campus, Whitney is a connoisseur of food and wine, a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan, and a world traveler.

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