Julianna Barnes


Cuyamaca College

Julianna Barnes is the president of Cuyamaca College in San Diego, California, a position she has held since October 2015. With an educational career spanning nearly three decades, Julianna is known for her inclusive leadership and deep commitment to student success and equity. In her tenure as president, she led the creation of a new strategic plan, which emphasizes equity-minded student success and promotes a learning environment that validates students’ social and cultural realities. Developmental education reform- as part of a larger guided pathways and student completion agenda- has been central to these strategic efforts and has significantly increased successful completion of college-level math and English. Her focus on retention and graduation has yielded the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. Under her leadership, Cuyamaca College was recognized nationally by Excelencia in Education and was awarded the John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award in the California community colleges.

Prior to her presidency, Julianna held various leadership positions, including vice president and dean at several California community colleges, as well as director/coordinator at the University of California, San Diego.  She also serves as a part-time doctoral faculty member at San Diego State University and serves on the statewide Board for the Chief Executive Officers of the California community colleges. She received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and a Master of Arts in education/multicultural counseling from San Diego State University, plus a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.