Dr. Matt Wetstein is in his fifth year as President of Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA. As a CEO he has played an active role in advocating for CCC students on affordability and housing insecurity issues. He currently serves as co-chair of the Affordability, Food and Housing Access Task Force for the CCLC/CEO Board. While serving on the task force he has contributed to two major policy briefs that have advocated for student housing funding in the CCC system and for financial aid funding. Prior to his appointment at Cabrillo, he served as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction and Planning at San Joaquin Delta College (Delta College) in Stockton, CA, from 2012-2017. His earlier administrative service included work as an instructional division Dean and as Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness at Delta College. Matt earned a Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL) and a Master's and Doctoral degree in political science from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL). He started his academic career as a political science professor and has won teaching awards from both students and his peers, including the Academic Senate's Distinguished Faculty Award. He has been a statewide leader in the planning and research field, having served on the Board and as President of the Research and Planning Group of California Community Colleges. Matt was a member of the pioneering class of Aspen Institute Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence, a group of 40 community college leaders selected for training in leadership and transformational change at U.S. community colleges. He is the author or co-author of a number of articles and books related to judicial decision making in the Supreme Court of Canada and on abortion politics in the United States. A native of East St. Louis, IL, he moved to California's Central Valley in 1994.
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