DIANNE VAN HOOK
Not only is Dianne Van Hook the chancellor of a community college but she is a graduate of one as well, having earned an associate of arts degree from Long Beach City College. She has dedicated her career, much of it at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, to removing barriers, expanding access and creating opportunities for those who want to pursue a higher education. The Santa Clarita Community College District, of which Van Hook has served as chief executive for 33 years, has undergone a significant transformation during her leadership. In the late 1980s, the district was a suburban campus where 92 percent of the students were Caucasian. Today, the student body is 66 percent nonwhite. BEST ADVICE: Never, never, never give up. FAVORITE BOOK: College of the Canyons “Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Viktor Frankl. BUCKET LIST: Seeing fall color in Canada and completing the buildout of the College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus.