Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy announces plans to retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year
NEWS RELEASE – For immediate release
Date: September 14, 2023
Organization: Solano Community College
Contact: Ivy Cabahit
Superintendent-President Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy announces plans to retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year
Fairfield, CA – Solano Community College (SCC) Superintendent-President Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy announced her plans last week to retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Esposito-Noy, who has served in this role since January 2016, will end her tenure on June 30, 2024.
“It has been an incredible honor to serve as the Superintendent-President of SCC,” she wrote in an email to college staff this week. “This college will always hold a special place in my heart because of your dedication, support, and friendship.” During her tenure, Esposito-Noy, with the support of the Governing Board, has focused on improving student enrollment and student success, using Bond funds for critical infrastructure improvements, and increasing outreach efforts to ensure high schools and the community are aware of the outstanding programs SCC offers.
Since Esposito-Noy became superintendent-president, the college has seen an increase in enrollment to over 9,000 students, including growth in first-time student enrollment; the establishment of two medical school pathways; a BS degree in Biomanufacturing; and the institution’s sound fiscal practices. In addition to a collaborative effort to provide online courses and additional support for students during the pandemic, Esposito-Noy says she is also proud of continuing efforts to make SCC “a welcoming place.” The college has focused on attending to student and staff needs and wants to be known as a college that cares.
“We’ve loaned Chromebooks to hundreds of students, provided new and returning students financial support through the Solano Promise, and have improved the time it takes to complete financial aid packaging,” she said. “We’ve partnered with local hotels to provide temporary housing for students, and with the food bank to provide students access to healthy food at all three campuses. We have partnered with graduate programs to offer psychological counseling to students, both in person and online, and we have worked with community partners to expand training and employment opportunities.”
Following Esposito-Noy’s announcement, the Solano Community College Governing Board will work with a presidential search firm to draft a schedule for recruiting, interviewing and hiring the next superintendent-president.
“I am confident that there will be excellent applicants who would be honored to serve and continue the good work that has become the hallmark of our college,” Esposito-Noy wrote to staff. “In my remaining months, I will ensure a smooth transition for the next superintendent-president and for the college.” The Governing Board will interview search firms in September and develop a timeline for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring.