Dr. Paul De La Cerda
Assistant Superintendent/ VP Instruction
Office of Instruction

Dr. Paul Nelson De La Cerda currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction for Cabrillo College.

Dr. De La Cerda’s experiences include over twenty years of educational leadership, economic and workforce development, and teaching and instruction. Throughout his career in California community college leadership, he has exercised his devotion to social justice demonstrated by developing and implementing comprehensive race conscious-equity focused instruction, student services, and programs that increase student access and inclusion, student outreach, and student personal development.

Dr. De La Cerda’s previous leadership roles include Dean of Instruction and Advancement at East Los Angeles College; Dean of Academic Affairs and Corporate Partnerships at LA Southwest College; Classified Director of the Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons; and Project Director of National Science Foundation (NSF-LSAMP) Minority Student Support Programs at Oklahoma State University. He has taught in various community colleges online and on-campus in math, science, business, leadership development, and entrepreneurship. Prior to beginning his profession in post-secondary leadership, Dr. De La Cerda worked in the non-profit, corporate, and government sectors developing partnerships to help underserved communities locally and statewide. He has overseen various multi-million Federal and State funded grant programs and endowments and his administrative portfolio includes building K-18 partnerships, leading equity and inclusion programs, and oversight of personnel, consultants, operations, and program infrastructure. Dr. De La Cerda is a collaborative, equity-minded leader who works effectively with college constituent groups as well as businesses and community-based partners.

Dr. De La Cerda is a native of California and began his own college career at College of the Canyons. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master’s in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University. He is a distinguished leadership fellow of the American Association of Community College’s National Community College Hispanic Council and serves as the Western Regional Chair. He possesses an Executive Leadership Certificate from Darden at University of Virginia and received his Doctorate in Organizational Change and Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. His family is committed to education, engaged with many community organizations, and loves to travel and enjoy everything the beautiful State of California has to offer.