Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.

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Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay has been a transformational leader in three community colleges, Cypress, Columbia and Modesto Junior College. He is currently serving as the President of Modesto Junior College and served as the President of Columbia College within the same District from July 2018. As the Executive Vice President at Cypress College from July 2013 to July 2018, Dr. Bandyopadhyay was responsible for both instructional programs and student services.

A first-generation immigrant, Dr. Bandyopadhyay earned his MBA and Ph.D. at Ohio University after a successful career in teaching and market research in India. He taught Computer Science at National Institute of Information Technology and was responsible for market research for an advertising firm for over a decade. Dr. Bandyopadhyay moved from Ohio to California in 2009 to take up the position of Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Cypress College. At Ohio, he served as Director of Institutional Research at Zane State College and Budget & Policy Analyst at Ohio University.

Dr. Bandyopadhyay has demonstrated success in the areas of innovative use of technology to improve teaching & learning; partnership development with educational institutions, businesses & industries; bond-funded construction projects; labor negotiations; and fundraising. He has a successful record of advocacy and collaborative working with legislative bodies at local, state, and federal levels. He was involved in leading national initiatives such as “Achieving the Dream” and “Survey of Entering Student Engagement”.

Dr. Bandyopadhyay has a documented record of improving student success, with a particular emphasis on students from underrepresented minorities. Some of his recent accomplishments include serving as the sole representative from Yosemite Community College District to the Executive Committee of Stanislaus 2030 – a collaboration among Government, Civic, and Business Leaders (; improving the scope of experiential learning at MJC in collaboration with Lemelson-MIT and SolveCC; increasing enrollment by 13% in Fall 2022 to increase diversity on campus; and establishing DEIA committee at MJC to enhance equity and social justice.

The opportunity to connect with local businesses for sustainable regional economic growth, reimagine future of education in collaboration with campus constituencies, improve infrastructure to incorporate advanced instructional methodologies using bond funds, engage a diverse community of learners through culturally sensitive curriculum, and increase financial resources via advocacy & innovative fundraising interests Dr. Bandyopadhyay to aspire for the leadership position at San Mateo County Community College District.