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OSCAR M. COBIAN, Ed.D., Interim President

Dr. Oscar Cobian, Interim President at Oxnard College, grew up in Ventura County and attended a community college after high school.  As a result of the experience as a first-generation student at a community college, he was able to transfer to a four-year university.  Eventually, Oscar returned to Oxnard to serve his community as an educator and leader. 

Dr. Cobian holds a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from California Lutheran University and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California.   Dr. Cobian started his career in community colleges as a part-time counselor at Oxnard College in 2001-2003.  He grew up in the community surrounding Oxnard College and is the first in his family to receive a college degree.

Dr. Cobian was appointed Vice President of Student Development at Oxnard College in June of 2015, where he oversaw the programs and areas that focus on student services, student success, student engagement and the student experience on campus, including student discipline and athletics. He also acted as the co-chair of the College’s Incident Command which oversaw the COVID 19 Taskforce on campus.

Dr. Cobian has over 25 years of experience working in higher education in the area of student services, including eight years as a community college administrator in the Los Angeles Community College District where he served as Dean of Student Services and Vice President of Student Services. His areas of expertise include student success and matriculation, student engagement, program development and coordination, management of federally funded TRIO programs, outreach, and all forms of Counseling Services.


  • University of Southern California
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California Lutheran University
  • Ventura College


Ventura County Leadership Academy 2020 Educational Leader of the Year



The President is the chief executive officer of the College. Offices reporting directly to the President include the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Learning, the Vice President of Business Services, the Vice President of Student Development, the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, the Director of Outreach and Marketing, and the Director of Institutional Advancement. The President also shares responsibility in overseeing the Oxnard College Foundation with the Foundation's Board.