Dr. Ashanti T. Hands
President, San Diego Mesa College

Ashanti Hands President San Diego Mesa CollegePresident Ashanti T. Hands, Ed.D., leads San Diego Mesa College, a fully accredited, comprenhensive college committed to equity and excellence. We honor our diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, access, and innovation in an inclusive learning environment. By promoting student learning and achievement that leads to degrees and certificates, transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning, we empower our students to reach their educational goals and shape their future.

Among the largest community colleges in California, Mesa serves 25,000 students per year; 25% of whom are full-time. Mesa offers nearly 200 associate degree and certificate programs and was one of the first 15 California community colleges to offer a four-year baccalaureate degree. Mesa ranks as San Diego's top transfer institution, is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an Asian American and Native America Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Military Gold Status Friendly School, serving nearly 2,500 veterans, active duty and their families.

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