Board of Trustees
Coastal Bend College President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza can often be heard saying that she wants CBC to be a beacon of hope in the community—hope for prosperity, hope for educational opportunities and hope for a brighter future for all the communities the college serves. Dr. Espinoza’s career, expertise and leadership experience serves as the beacon that is lighting the way towards a brighter future for the college and all those who walk through its doors.
Dr. Espinoza knows just how important access to higher education is because she started her path to higher education with the assistance of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) scholarship after 18 years as an agricultural farm-worker. Working alongside her 7 brothers and sisters as a migrant worker instilled a work ethic that has followed her throughout her education and career making her the successful leader she is today. She began college the fall after graduating from high school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American. She continued her studies and earned Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In addition to teaching courses as a faculty member at various universities including the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, and Arizona Western College, Dr. Espinoza conducted research and has been published in many prestigious journals such as the Journal of Social Science and the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling. Furthermore, Dr. Espinoza also served as a faculty sponsor for student groups such as the Latino Student Organization at the University of North Texas, and she also developed a bilingual (English-Spanish) rehabilitation internship program at the University of Iowa. It is evident through her research and career that she is passionate and dedicated to the advancement of the Hispanic community, as well as committed to ensuring equal treatment and access to services for people with disabilities, minorities, and people who need rehabilitation services.
After serving 12 years as a university faculty member, counselor, and researcher, she began her transition into community college administration. In 1999 she completed a post-doctorate in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and then became a dean at North Lake College—a community college within the Dallas County Community College District. During her time at North Lake College, she was instrumental in the opening of their Texas Education Agency approved GED Testing Center. Because of her hard work and outreach efforts, the Center grew in enrollment from 30 students to over 1200 within a span of only 18 months. Eventually her career took her onward to Morton College, Galveston College and Arizona Western College where she served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Academics, and Vice-President for Learning Services, respectively.
Most recently, Dr. Espinoza was the Vice Chancellor Educational Planning and Services with the Yuba Community College District (YCCD) in California. During her tenure at YCCD, Dr. Espinoza led their transition from a single college district to a multi-college district. She also supervised the YCCD Foundation, developed articulation agreements with public and private universities, and helped YCCD with their reaccreditation process.
Dr. Espinoza is an educator and college administrator with over 25 years of experience in higher education. Her philosophy includes access and success for all students. She attributes her college success largely to the support of her family and other people who cared enough to remove barriers, build bridges, and track new paths for a first generation college student. Dr. Espinoza is proud to be educating the next generation of diverse professionals here at Coastal Bend College. Student success is always her first priority, and she will ensure that all students have equal access to the opportunities the college provides.
Being from South Texas, Dr. Espinoza quickly fell in love with Beeville and the surrounding area. She enjoys being close to all her family and friends, and loves spending time with her husband and their 7-year-old daughter.