The Office of President JoAnna Schilling


Dr. JoAnna Schilling has served as Cypress College’s president since July 2017.

Dr. Schilling brings a wealth of experience as an educational leader with strengths in partnership development, enrollment management, and accreditation. Colleagues describe her as a transformational leader who is collaborative, empowering, inclusive, visionary, and personable.
Prior to assuming her role at Cypress College, Dr. Schilling spent the last 15 years as an instructor and college administrator, most recently serving as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Hondo College, where she also previously served in multiple roles as the Dean of Arts and Cultural Programs, Continuing and Contract Education, and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2006-2012. From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Schilling served at Cerritos College as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent.

Schilling’s academic credentials include a doctorate in Education from Oregon State University, a master of fine arts in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor of arts in English from Smith College. She currently serves as the co-chair on the Chancellor’s Office Curriculum Inventory project

(COCI) and also sits on the statewide Chief Instructional Officers (CIO) Executive Board representing the Orange County/Los Angeles County region. Other previous statewide community college committees include the strategic planning committee for the LA/OC regional consortium, and as the CIO rep on the 3CSN advisory committee.

Schilling also has served on the boards of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association, the East Whittier Arts Foundation, as well as serving as a juror for the Newport Beach Film Festival and on the California Arts Council. She and her husband are members of the Society of Fellows at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, CA and are strong supporters of the arts in their community.



Contact Dr. Schilling

Kristi Valdez
Executive Assistant to the President
Cypress College Complex, Office 328
E: kvaldez@cypresscollege.edu
T: (714) 484-7308

Louella Nelson
Administrative Assistant
E: lnelson@cypresscollege.edu
T: (714) 484-7308