Dr. Ronald Kraft became the ninth Superintendent/President of Napa Valley College on May 9, 2013, after serving the previous nine months as the Interim President of the college.
Dr. Kraft has spent over 25 years in California community colleges. His career includes tenured faculty positions in business and entrepreneurship; and administrative positions in instruction, workforce development, institutional advancement and research.
Previous appointments include President/CEO at Southern California University of Health Sciences and President/CEO in the Washington State Community & Technical System. Dr. Kraft holds a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s degree in education, and a Ph.D. in leadership.
He is a member of Napa Rotary and serves as a Director on the Napa-Lake Workforce Investment Board and the Napa Learns Foundation Board.
A resident of Napa, Dr. Kraft is a native of San Diego, California. A first-generation college student himself, Ron has focused on expanding the number of students from first-generation college families attending the college.
Dr. Kraft is an author, speaker and former consultant to corporations, universities and colleges. A distinguished teacher, Dr. Kraft is recognized for his lectures, books and writings on strategic planning, change management theory and practice, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He is an expert in the development of institutional systems and the processes, planning and leadership mechanisms that create momentum for change.