West Hills Coalinga chooses new president

Carole GoldsmithCarole GoldsmithWest Hills Community College in Coalinga has a new president in longtime district administrator Dr. Carole Goldsmith.

Goldsmith, who will assume her new duties on Jan. 1, currently serves as Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Workforce Development for the West Hills Community College District.

Joining the district in 2003, Goldsmith has since been praised for a number of accomplishments, like starting the first nurse education program approved by the state since 1965 at West Hills College Lemoore.

She has also been instrumental in coordinating a $19.9 million Department of Labor grant over the last year as West Hills' point person to lead a consortium of 11 Central Valley colleges aiming to standardize and streamline job training in the region.

Goldsmith, 47, is a former teacher and K-12 vice principal who has been an educator for 14 years. She earned a doctorate in education from UC Davis and a master's degree in educational administration from National University in Fresno.

Currently residing in Fresno, Goldsmith plans to move to Coalinga when she starts her new position.

She replaces Interim President Dr. Tom Harris and will earn a salary of $192,000.