Edward J. Valeau, Ed.D. is Superintendent-President Emeritus of Hartnell Community College located in Salinas, California, where he served for 12 years. He is also President Emeritus of California Colleges for International Education. Ed is an American Council on Education Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. He is the co-author of several books including his latest contribution, Handbook of Comparative Studies on Community Colleges and Global Counterparts, which explores the complexities of community colleges and global counterparts by focusing on critical analysis of governance, leadership, and mission. These complexities represent emerging and evolving phenomena that impact the institutions’ ability to a) serve students; b) offer sound curricula; c) admit and retain students; d) increase completion rates; e) create viable and sustained partnerships locally and internationally; f) address the needs of unique populations; g) funding and sustainability, and h) support staff development to enhance faculty and staff excellence. This work introduces and elaborates upon these topics to highlight not only the challenges of the field in a variety of countries worldwide, but to also begin to build comparative understanding of the field at large.

Dr. Valeau is the founder and Senior Partner of the Executive Leadership Solutions (ELS) Group, a national Chief Executive Search firm located in Northern California. Dr. Valeau received his doctoral degree from the University of California with emphasis on Leadership Development and Organizational Behavior.