Newly named SBCC Superintendent/President Utpal Goswami
Newly named SBCC Superintendent/President Utpal Goswami speaks during a candidate event Thursday. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

The Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees on Friday named Utpal Goswami, president of MCC-Longview in the Metropolitan Community College district in Missouri, as the next superintendent/president.

Goswami is expected to start in early January, SBCC spokeswoman Luz Reyes-Martin said.

His employment is subject to contract negotiations, and his contract is expected to come before board members at their regular meeting Nov. 14, according to Reyes-Martin.

The process for selecting the superintendent/president included a nationwide search. A screening committee — made up of campus constituency groups and community members — recommended Goswami, who was one of two finalists. 

Public forums were held Thursday on campus, and community members were able to learn more about the finalists, ask questions and submit comments to the college’s Board of Trustees. 

The board held lengthy in-person interviews in a closed session Friday.

Goswami was selected from an impressive and diverse pool of candidates because of his experience, leadership, fiscal expertise, background working in diverse communities, and his commitment to educational programs, Reyes-Martin said.

In a statement Friday evening, SBCC Board of Trustees President Robert Miller said, “Goswami brings a depth of experience, and we are certain that he will move Santa Barbara City College forward,” adding that the board is confident he will build collaborative relationships on campus and in the community.

Miller described Goswami as “a proven leader with a commitment to students and their success.”

Goswami brings more than three decades of experience at colleges and universities in Texas, California, Arizona and Missouri. His résumé includes serving as president of the Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus. 

Goswami also held various positions, including vice president of instruction and interim president/superintendent, at College of the Redwoods in California.

“His leadership philosophy is to create environments where others can be successful,” according to a news statement. “He takes pride in the fact that by empowering people he has been able to create exceptional teams to drive positive outcomes for students.”

Goswami has proven successful in advocating for community college funding, fostering shared governance, launching and completing capital projects, revamping technology platforms, and ensuring institutional compliance with accreditation, according to his biography. 

In addition, he has been involved in statewide initiatives and advocacy during his tenure at Metropolitan Community College.

Goswami holds a master’s degree in development economics from Boston University and both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in economics from Southern Methodist University.

SBCC has been searching for a successor to Anthony Beebe, who retired earlier this year. 

The college has been led by interim Superintendent/President Helen Benjamin since the spring. Benjamin came out of retirement to temporarily serve SBCC.

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