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Jerome T. Countee Jr. is Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Institutional Effectiveness for the State Center Community College District, a multi-college district and California’s fifth largest community college district enrolling over 60,000 students annually in Fresno, California.
Dr. Countee is a senior community college executive with over 20 years of experience in higher education leading entrepreneurial initiatives, scaling organizational capacity, cultivating stakeholder relationships, and establishing community partnerships to advance institutional goals. As Vice Chancellor, Dr. Countee serves as the chief strategic advisor to the Chancellor, he is also the District’s accreditation liaison officer, chief instructional officer, and chief student services officer. His responsibilities include leading a variety of districtwide initiatives designed to support student learning and community engagement. He has administrative oversight of nearly $90 million in combined categorical and general fund resources that support multiple areas within the Educational Services division and throughout the four-college District.
Before becoming Vice Chancellor, Dr. Countee worked four years as Associate Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at American River College in Sacramento, California. Prior to arriving in California, Dr. Countee served eleven years as Director of Continuing Education and Business Partnerships at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland where in 2013 his colleagues recognized him with the Outstanding Administrative and Professional Staff award. Prior to that, Dr. Countee directed professional education programs at the University of Maryland Global Campus
(formerly University College), and later at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Countee’s early professional experience includes; a few years as a patent-holding entrepreneur and small business owner, five years as a corporate manager in IBM’s Mid-Atlantic area headquarters, four years as a technology consultant for the Prince George’s County Maryland Public School System, and legislative staff assignments with both the United States Senate and the Maryland General Assembly.
Dr. Countee has a Political Science bachelor’s degree from UMBC, an MPA from Western Kentucky University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Morgan State University. A native of the Washington, DC area, Dr. Countee is the proud father of a son and a daughter, is married and currently resides in Fresno, California.