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History of the College

50th Anniversary 

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Order the "GO WEST. GO FAR.: West Los Angeles College History Book (1960s - 2010s).

For a few snippets of what is inside, and/or contribute additional stories, visit the West History Book Online.

The College

West Los Angeles College (WLAC), located on a lushly landscaped hillside in Culver City, opened its doors in February 1969. One of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District, the college has approximately 10,000 students attending day, evening and weekend classes. WLAC serves Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Crenshaw, Culver City, La Tijera/Windsor Hills, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa del Rey, Venice, Westchester, West Los Angeles and Westwood. Students come from a rich mixture of nationalities and cultures.


The District

The Los Angeles Community College District, the largest in California, serves approximately 110,000 students and is governed by a publicly-elected seven-member Board of Trustees. The District’s administrators, a Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and other senior staff members are appointed by the Board of Trustees. Sitting on the Board as well is a non-voting student member who is nominated by the Associated Students Organizations of all nine campuses.


The College Administration

West Los Angeles College’s president heads the college, and is assisted by three vice presidents as well as deans, associate deans, assistant deans, classified administrators, faculty and staff. They all carry out the mission of the college: “Through innovative programs and responsive community services, West Los Angeles College empowers students to succeed.”


College Divisions

The college features twelve divisions which provide quality academic transfer and vocational classes and wide-ranging support services for students. The divisions are: Allied Health, Aviation and Travel, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, Communication, Entertainment and Media Arts, Counseling, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Fine Arts, Language Arts, Library and Learning Resources, Mathematics, and Science.

The Accelerated CollegeTransfer (ACT) offers fast-paced tracks for those seeking associate degrees and transfer to four-year institutions.

Support services of the College include: the Child Development Center (CDC), Disabled Students Program and Services (DSP&S), Distance Leaning and Online Education, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (EOP&S/CARE), Student Services, Matriculation, and the Workforce Development Center.



The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Universities, and offers 25 transfer and 18 vocationally-oriented programs. The American Dental Association and the Federal Aviation Administration also recognize the vocational curricula offered here at West Los Angeles College.


Independent California Colleges and Universities

California’s fully accredited independent colleges and universities provide a host of options at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels for students planning to continue their education beyond community college.


College Presidents

James M. Limbaugh, Ph.D.   Oct 2016 - 
Robert Sprague Interim Jul 2015 - Sept 2016
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D  

Aug 2011 - June 2015

Rose Marie Joyce, Ed.D. Interim

Aug 2010 - Jul 2011

Betsy Regalado  Acting

Jul 2010  - Aug 2010

Mark W. Rocha, Ph.D.  

Jul 2006  - Jun 2010

Dorris Givens, Ph.D.  Interim

Aug 2005 - Jul 2006

Frank Quiambao  

Aug 2000 - Jul 2005
(2000 - 2002 as interim)

Robert Sprague  Interim

Jul 2000  - Aug 2000

Evelyn Wong, Ed.D  

Jul 1991 - Jun 2000

B. Paul Stansbury, Ed.D


Sept 1998 - Jun 1998
(while President Wong was temporarily 
assigned to District office position)

Jose L. Robledo Acting

Aug 1990 - Jun 1991

Linda Thor, Ed.D  

Mar 1986 - Jun 1990

M. Jack Fujimoto, Ph.D.  

Jul 1979  - Feb 1986

David B. Wolf, Ph.D.


Mar 1979 - Jun 1979

Bernard Butcher  Acting

(for 3 months while
President Zeitlin was on leave)

Herbert Zeitlin, Ed.D.  

Sept 1976 - Mar 197

Stephen S. Kane, Ph.D.  Acting

Jun 1976  - Sept 1976

Morris J. Heldman, Ph.D  

Aug 1968 - May 1976