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President's Biography

Meet OCC's Interim President: Kevin Ballinger


Kevin Ballinger standing outside during 1970's   Portrait of Kevin Ballinger

Orange Coast College's interim president is longtime member of the Coast community, going back to his time as a student in the 1970s.

On Nov. 7, 2018, the Coast Community College Board of Trustees appointed Vice President of Instruction Kevin Ballinger as interim president. He will serve in this capacity until the Coast Community College District's search for a permanent president is complete in Summer 2019.

Ballinger first arrived at OCC as a student in the fall of 1975, eventually earning an associate degree in in neurodiagnostic technology. He was hired as a part-time faculty member in 1981 and became a full-time faculty member in 1985, before becoming an administrator as Dean of the Consumer and Health Sciences Division in 1996 and Vice President of Instruction in 2015.

He takes the helm at a critical time for OCC and will lead the College through its accreditation process, the implementation of a new statewide math and English placement model, and will help frame OCC's Guided Pathway Project. Ballinger also will lead the Costa Mesa campus as it undergoes a significant physical transformation, including opening a new $24 million Planetarium in Spring 2019, and continued construction on both a new Student Union and Student Housing. Groundbreaking for a new Aquatic Center is also schedule for early 2019.

"As a graduate of OCC and a 34-year employee, I'm honored to serve Orange Coast College as Interim President during this period of change," said Ballinger. "During the course of these next few months, the College will coordinate an accreditation site visit and finalize a transformational change in the way students are placed in math and English courses. OCC also will continue with significant facilities improvements using Measure M funds, state funds, foundation efforts, and private bonds."

As Vice President of Instruction, Ballinger has taken an active leadership role in shared governance. He co-chairs the College's Instructional Planning Council, the Student Success and Enrollment Committee and chairs the Accreditation Coordination Committee.

He was awarded the OCC Manager of the year in 2005 and was a recipient of the "Hanging of the Orange" award in 2012 for exemplary service to the College.

Ballinger holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education from California State University, Long Beach and a master's of science in Educational Administration from National University.