In honor of its founding history, Los Angeles Southwest College empowers a diverse student population to achieve their academic and career goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsive leaders.
Linda Rose, Ed.D.
Linda D. Rose began her tenure as President of Los Angeles Southwest College on August 4, 2014. Dr. Rose is no stranger to the community surrounding LASC. Although she was born in Alabama, at the age of three she was brought to Southern California where she grew up in an area of Compton, four miles away from LASC. She is the eldest daughter of eight children, six sisters and one brother. She is the mother of two sons, both graduates of California State University, Long Beach where they each earned their Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Rose completed her K-12 education in the Compton Unified School District, attending McKinley Elementary School, Vanguard Junior High School (now Vanguard Learning Center) and graduating from Centennial High School. Dr. Rose did not attend college immediately after high school; however, not satisfied with working at a glass factory in Vernon, California, she enrolled in 1979 at LASC to complete one class. Unfortunately, she had to withdraw from the class before the semester ended. While her dream of earning a college degree was deferred, she eventually enrolled at West Los Angeles College in 1987 and, while working full-time in the aerospace industry, she earned an A.A. degree through the P.A.C.E. program in 1989.
As her desire for knowledge and love of learning grew, she decided to continue her studies, while still working full-time. She then enrolled in the P.A.C.E. program at California State University, Dominguez Hills where she earned a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in English, and by June of 1993 an M.A.degree in English as well as a Certificate of Completion in Rhetoric and Composition.
Then, in 2003, Dr. Rose enrolled in the university, once again. She applied and was accepted into the Educational Leadership Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, where by June 2007, she earned an Ed.D., in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Rose served for three years as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Ana College. Prior to her move to Santa Ana College, Dr. Rose was employed for 17 years at Cerritos College, where she served for six years as Dean of the Liberal Arts Division. Prior to her promotion to Dean, she served as a tenured faculty member in the English Department, where she taught full-time for 11 years, including a three-year term as Department Chair. Dr. Rose also taught Developmental English part-time at Santa Ana College and Cerritos College.
With 20 plus years of experience in higher education, Dr. Rose offers a wealth of experience as a faculty member and as an administrator, including as a Team Evaluator on site visits for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. While at Cerritos College, she received awards for Outstanding Academic Manager, and Outstanding Faculty member for the Liberal Arts Division. Dr. Rose was also recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, fifth edition.
As a leader in her profession, Dr. Rose has been invited to present at conferences in the United States and Europe for organizations that include the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, the National Council on Workforce Education, and others.