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From President Shabazz

Welcome to City College

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and classified professionals at San Diego City College, I congratulate you for your pursuit in higher education andwelcome you to the Knights family. 

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San Diego City College has provided a tradition of academic excellence, student success, and social justice since 1914. You will study among peers who are engaged in and out of the classroom in ways that will change the world. Our faculty and classified professionals engage in discussions that are driven by the idea of making the world a better place — one community at a time. 

As a City College Knight, you have access to resources and student support services to ensure you graduate and transfer to the four-year institution of your choice. Your journey will begin in a community equipped with everything you need to make your academic goals a reality. 

Be sure to connect with our various student support services and learning communities. Visit our website to learn more.

Again, congratulations on your admission and I look forward to seeing you on campus. 


Ricky Shabazz, Ed.D.


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About President Shabazz

Dr. Ricky Shabazz is an enthusiastic, student-centered leader with over 20 years of executive experience advancing academic achievement, educational equity, diversity, and improving access to higher education. He is an effective public speaker and team builder with an accomplished track record developing collaborative partnerships that improve student success. He specializes in enrollment management and cultivating institutional policies, processes, and culture that provide personalized student experiences and improves student outcomes. Dr. Shabazz's demonstrated strengths include using data informed decisions to lead high impact models of practice, promoting innovative solutions that stimulate inclusive dialogue amongst all stakeholders, and being a passionate lifelong learner who is absolutely committed to the mission of community colleges to educate a diverse community of learners.

As San Diego City College's President and CEO, Dr. Shabazz provides executive leadership at one of the most innovative and socially active community colleges in the nation with a focus on student completion, success, and social justice. He has previously held positions as Vice President of Student Services, San Bernardino Valley College; Dean of Student Services, El Camino College Compton Center; Associate Director of Admissions, Harvey Mudd College; MESA Program Director and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California, Davis (UCD); and Analyst in the University of California Office of the President.

Dr. Shabazz earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership, a master's degree in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and a bachelor's degree from UCD. His research expertise is in increasing college access for underrepresented students.

Dr. Shabazz was the first person in his family to attend college. His mother was a teenage parent and his father is a veteran. He takes pride in helping students from diverse communities achieve academic excellence and building highly effective teams. Dr. Shabazz serves on the boards of Sharp Hospitals, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the Jackie Robinson YMCA, YPO Pacific West, A2MEND, The President's Round Table, and a host of other community agencies.

San Diego City College is an Aspen Institute Top 20 community college that is accredited by the ACCJC. City College is a Hispanic Serving Institution serving approximately 17,000 students in credit and noncredit programs. City College has nearly 1,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $70 million.

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Office of the President

Janelly Rodriguez
Executive Assistant to the President
Phone: 619.388.3453
Location: A-322

Ricky Shabazz, Ed.D.
Phone: 619.388.3453
Location: A-322