About President Carleo
A. Susan Carleo, Ph.D., has served as President of Los Angeles Valley College since July 2008. Los Angeles Valley College is one of the largest of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District, serving 20,000 students in the areas of Valley Glen, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Valley Village. Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Lake Balboa, Panorama City, and Burbank.
As chief executive officer, President Carleo oversees a $50 million budget, and more than 1,600 employees. Currently, she is managing the college's $626 million construction and renovation project to renovate existing buildings and build new sustainable buildings. President Carleo's other accomplishments include reducing the college deficit by $4 million dollars in a six-month period of time, implementing the college's new master plan, and reaching out to the local business community and elected officials.
President Carleo has over 30 years of distinguished service in higher education, and at Valley College. She began her career as a faculty member in the college's Family and Consumer Studies department, before becoming a Department Chair. She became LAVC's Director of the Center for the Advancement of Business, Labor & Education (CABLE), where she developed programs to meet local employer and labor market education and training needs. She worked at Harbor College as Dean of Academic Affairs/Vocational Education and Acting VP, and at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, New York as its Chief Instruction Officer (CIO). She returned to Valley College for a second time where she served as its Vice President of Academic Affairs. President Carleo was then selected as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Chief Labor Negotiator for the Los Angeles Community College District, before returning to Valley College as its College President.
President Carleo is also active in the community. She currently serves on the boards of the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance, and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA). She also proactively reaches out to the business community, and hosts events to strengthen the college's leadership role. In 2009, she was recognized by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal with its Women in Business Educational Leadership Award for her accomplishments as "a teacher, shaper of educational curricula and a leader in the administration of public higher education".
A native southern Californian, President Carleo attended San Diego State University, where she earned both her bachelor's degree and master's degree. She received her doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.