Dr. José Leyba 

Dr. José Leyba is a native Arizonan, whose professional career spans over four decades in the public school, higher education, and consultation sectors.  He has served in a diverse array of leadership roles from teacher and administrator to chief executive officer in both public school and higher education arenas.  In 2001, Dr. Leyba joined the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD, Arizona), the largest community college system in the country with ten colleges serving over 250,000 students.  During his tenure, he served in a variety of executive positions including Associate Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, and Provost and Vice President.  At the national level, he served on the National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) as a Presidential Fellow, Board Member, Fellows Program Faculty and Mentor.

 In 2005, Dr. Leyba was named Interim President of Los Angeles Mission College, one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. During his tenure, he restructured the College Accreditation team, process, and self-study report; revised the Master Facilities Plan to further the $179,000,000 Bond construction program; secured the Title V HSI Grant.

After 32 successful years in public education Dr. Leyba retired from MCCD in September, 2008 to pursue his educational passion through a unique education consulting career.  Over the past five years, he has had a wide array of diverse and insightful professional experiences, including mentoring senior level college administrators, serving as Distinguished Faculty for the National Council on Black American Affairs Mid Level Leadership Development Institute and Mentor/Guest Lecturer for the Maricopa Colleges Latino Leadership Academy.

Dr. Leyba also serves as a search consultant for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington DC., where he has focused on strategic planning, accreditation preparation and executive leadership searches.