leadership in staff and organizational development. Adrian was nominated and selected for the award based on her strong commitment to professional development for the staff and faculty at Coastline, as exemplified by the Leadership Innovating Together for Tomorrow (LITT) and the Faculty Center for Innovation and Excellence. Dr. Adrian was also recently appointed to the board of directors of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the nation's leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship and workforce development through community colleges.
Dr. Adrian became president of Coastline Community College in 2010. She has spent more than 25 years in higher education. As president, Adrian has enhanced Coastline's culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and excellence, and fostered student and equity-centered mindset and practice.
Adrian has a master's in Communication Theory from the University of the Pacific and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University. She is a first-generation Filipino-American. After college graduation, she joined the U.S. Peace Corps as a language instructor and became a Project Director. Dr. Adrian pursued both her master's and Ph.D. as a single mother while raising two children and working full time.
"It has been such a privilege serving students from diverse backgrounds in the community college system – comprised of teaching and learning-centered institutions that transform students' lives through education, facilitated and nurtured by caring staff and faculty,"
Dr. Adrian, Ph.D.
In 2018 - 2019, Coastline College continues to receive multiple awards and recognition for innovation in education. The college has been a top front runner of the 114 community colleges in California and of the nearly 1500 community colleges nationwide.