Denise F. Noldon, Ph.D., is interim president of Los Angeles Southwest College, where she oversees the entire operation of the South Los Angeles campus, which is part of the Los Angeles Community College District.
Dr. Noldon has extensive experience in higher education. Prior to LASC, she served as interim vice chancellor for student services and special programs in the state Chancellor’s Office. Her division was responsible for providing statewide leadership and technical assistance for policy and programs that supported student access, equity, and success, such as outreach, admissions, assessment, financial aid, and counseling. The division administered nearly $600 million annually in categorical and grant funds to help colleges support students.
She has also served as president of Contra Costa College; vice president of student development and enrollment management at Folsom Lake College; dean of counseling and matriculation at Chabot College; and EOP&S/CARE coordinator at Las Positas College.
Dr. Noldon started her community college career as a vocational counselor at Long Beach City College. She has worked as an adjunct counselor at Montgomery College in Maryland and a mentor program coordinator for the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education at the University of Maryland. She has also held various positions in the California State University system, including director of Upward Bound, EOP counselor, orientation coordinator at the Long Beach campus and a counselor in Student Academic Services at the East Bay campus.
Dr. Noldon earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling and student development in higher education at California State University, Long Beach. She obtained her doctorate in college student personnel administration at the University of Maryland at College Park.