Campus Executive Team Complete as 3 VPs Enter Roles

Cypress College’s executive leadership team is now complete with the addition of the third vice president. Alex Porter began his role as the vice president of Administrative Services today. He joins Dr. Carmen Cortez Dominguez and Dr. Paul de Dios, who moved into vice president roles earlier this semester.

Porter’s position replaces that of Karen Cant, who retired in 2017. The position has been filled intermittently since that time. Drs. Dominguez and de Dios are in newly created roles after the position of executive vice president as reevaluated when Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay was selected as president of Columbia College in northern California. The three vice presidents complete Dr. JoAnna Schilling’s president’s staff team at Cypress College. The group also includes: Howard Kummerman, executive director of the Foundation and Community Relations; Phil Dykstra, director of Institutional Research and Planning; Marc Posner, director of Campus Communications; and Christina Mix, Dr. Schilling’s executive assistant.

At Cypress College, Porter is responsible for fiscal resources, facilities, capital construction, information technology, and contracted services, including food services and the bookstore.

Porter brings 17 years of experience in higher education administration to Cypress College. He was most recently the vice president of Business and Administrative Services at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA. In that role, he was responsible for fiscal, human resources, facilities, capital construction, and bookstore operations. Before joining the California Community Colleges system, Porter worked in the California State University system from 2001-2017, starting at the Office of the Chancellor and finishing at California State University, Long Beach. In the CSU system, his roles included system-wide budget analysis and leading administrative operations in enrollment services and facilities/construction departments.

Porter earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance at California State University, Long Beach and is in the process of completing his master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California in March 2020.