Ted Martinez, Jr., Ph.D. recently retired as the eighth Superintendent/President of Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA. His career in community college education spanned 41 years, and also included administrative positions in Texas, Chicago, and San Diego. He has served as a member of the American Association of Community College Board of Directors and two separate terms as president of the National Community College Hispanic Council and is a champion of preparing Hispanic leaders for the community college administrative pipeline.
He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida and the University of San Diego; Director of the National Community College Hispanic Council’s Leadership Fellows Program; and Summit Facilitator for the Marymount California University which is launching an annual Latino Policy Summit.
He has received several honors including Outstanding President Award from the California Community Council for Staff Development; the District 6 Pacesetter of the Year Award from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations; and the Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Key Award from the international honorary society for students in two-year colleges.