Dr. Keith Curry

Educational Leader and Thought Partner


Dr. Keith Curry has adopted a slogan, “Every student is a success story.” He believes every community college student can be successful with the right academic and student support services. Dr. Curry has taken a strong stance in the ability of community colleges to provide quality education to students and to provide an environment of educational excellence. Dr. Curry also has a passion for teaching those students who aspire to careers as higher education administrators.

Dr. Curry has over 15 years experience in higher education. He is a proven leader on a mission to ensure community college students have the best chance at a bright future.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Faculty  | California State University, Los Angeles |  June 2021 – Present

Adjunct Faculty  | California State University, Fullerton |  August 2015 – December 2020


Professional Activities

National Panel on Black Student Enrollment | September 2022 to Present

Black Student Enrollment Expert Advisory Committee Chair | September 2022 to Present

California Alliance for Open Education Steering Committee | April 2022 to Present

University of Southern California Racial Equity in Guided Pathways Commission Taskforce | December 2021 to Present 


The Michelson 20MM Foundation, Open Education Resource Policy Advisory Group| September 2020 – August 2021

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Advisory Board | August 2020 – Present

California Higher Education Recovery with Equity (RWE) Taskforce | July 2020 – Present

Community College League of California Chief Executive Officers (CEO) Affordability, Food & Housing Access| August 2018 – Present

University of California, Davis Wheelhouse Institute| March 2018 – October 2018

Community College League of California Chief Executive Officers (CEO) Funding Formula Workgroup | January 2018 – June 2018

California Community College Chief Executive Officer Academy | November 2016 – Present

University of California President’s Advisory Committee on the African American Presence at the UC | March 2016 – July 2020

California Community College Athletic Association | July 2015 – Present

Compton Rotary | November 2014 – Present

Advisory Committee on Education Services | October 2012 – May 2018

City of Compton Oversight Board to the Successor Agency | April 2012 – June 2018

Oversight Board to the Dissolved Carson Redevelopment Agency | April 2012 –June 2018

Successor Agency Oversight Board for the Paramount Redevelopment | April 2012 – June 2018

President’s Round Table | July 2011 – Present

Statewide Association of Community Colleges (SWACC) | September 2011 – Present

Foundation for Compton Community College District | March 2011 – Present

Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) | February 2008 – Present

Awards Received

California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers Equity Champion Award (2022)

California Legislative Black Caucus Unsung Hero Recognition, 35th California Senate District (2022)

California Association of Black School Educators Black EdCellence Award (2021)

2019 Champion of Equity Award presented by The Campaign for College Opportunity and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund (2019)

John R. Ortega Community Advocate Award presented by Community Lawyers Inc. (2019)

El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees award for Outstanding Leadership in Support of the El Camino College/Compton College Partnership (2019)

Association of California Community College Administrators Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award (2018)

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Chapter, Partner in Service Award (2018)

California African American Caucus Administrator of the Year (2018)

California State University, Distinguished Educators Award (2017)

University of California, Irvine Lauds and Laurels Awardee (2013)

Every student is a success story!

- Dr. Keith Curry