James PrestonMr. Preston has over 27 years of experience in education. He has served Lemoore College since 2000 and held the positions of Education/English Teacher, Academic Senate President, Dean of Educational Services, Vice President of Educational Services, and most recently the Interim President.  One of his notable accomplishments is the creation of the T.E.A.M. Teach program for future teachers and the 5C Experience summer program for middle school students, which was the original Teacher Pipeline Programs (TPP) utilized by the Chancellor’s Office in developing a state-wide TPP model.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and humbled to be selected as the next President for Lemoore College. We have an awesome team of employees at our college who truly care about our students and are focused on their success. I hope to build on many of the strong initiatives that we have at our college including our transfer degrees, short-term career and technical certificates, and growing number of Zero-Cost-Textbook degrees. We are excited to continue to provide a high-quality, low-cost education for the south valley and now more than ever are ready to serve, support, and engage our community through our new HOPE initiative in 2022”, said Preston.

Mr. Preston holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Fresno Pacific University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Mr. Preston and his wife Jennifer enjoy spending time with their three adult children and new son-in-law. The entire family enjoys sports and hiking.