Campus stewardship: supporting student success, fostering communication and engagement, and promoting equitable and sustainable practices
In July 2012, Bob Kratochvil joined Los Medanos College as the sixth president in its nearly 40-year history. As president, he oversees the college’s two campuses in Pittsburg and Brentwood that serve approximately 10,000 students in East Contra Costa County. Bob previously worked as Vice President of Administrative Services for ten years at Las Positas College in Livermore, and served as interim president there during 2007-08. His professional career in higher education includes 20 years of experience in finance and management positions at the Chancellor’s Office of the 23-campus California State University System, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSU Dominguez Hills.
A native of Southern California, Bob attended Santa Monica City College and later graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a bachelor’s degree in English. He returned to USC to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration, and is currently finishing his dissertation in the Ed.D. program at California State University, Stanislaus.
Bob considers himself to be a tireless advocate for students, and works to create an environment that supports their diverse educational needs, facilitates their success, and provides them with a sense of belonging. In an effort to foster a culture shaped by open communication, integrity, and equity, he works to engage the campus community in dialogue and decision-making on critical issues. Bob also takes an active role in building external partnerships, and believes that developing and strengthening those connections is vital to the success of the college and surrounding community.