Dr. LISA CONYERS
Vice President, Educational Services
Moreno Valley College
As Vice President of Educational Services at the Moreno Valley College, Dr. Lisa Conyers supervises the Offices of Instruction, Student Services, Health Sciences, Public Safety Education and Training, and Library/Learning Resources. She is best known for her role as a program developer, having collaborated on the implementation of various new degree programs involving community partnerships, including, most notably, the Program in Community Interpretation in Spanish and the Physician Assistant Program.
She has participated in programmatic and institutional accreditation initiatives which have resulted in three nationally accredited healthcare programs at the Moreno Valley College and now eligibility for college status. She serves currently as the Campus accreditation liaison officer with ACCJC/WASC, and has served as a visiting accreditation team member to Cuesta, West Hills Lemoore, Lassen, Palomar, and El Camino Colleges.
Dr. Conyers has a strong record of community service, currently holding elected office as a member of the Riverside County Board of Education. She has served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Riverside; board member of the International Relations Council of Riverside; board member of the League of Women Voters of Riverside; board member of the Greater Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the Citizens' Committee to Save Riverside's Chinatown; and chairman of the Riverside-Cuautla, Mexico, Sister City Committee. In 2001, she was recognized by the Riverside County YWCA as a Woman of Distinction; in 2005, by the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with an Education "Estrella" Award; in 2006, by Sister Cities International with a Distinguished Volunteer Award; in 2008, by the University of Redlands Town & Gown as a Woman of Distinction in Education and Civic Affairs; and, also in 2008, by the National Chair Academy with an Exemplary Leader Award.
Her contributions as an administrator and conference presenter with a specialization in workplace linguistic and cultural competency are attributable, in part, to her previous years of residence overseas. She is fully fluent in Spanish, having lived in Spain and Mexico eight years, and has traveled extensively. Her doctoral dissertation in comparative literature studied the topic of national images in the short story. Among her former administrative assignments, she directed a large American language and culture program in Madrid, Spain. In 2002, she was a Fulbright Exchange Administrator to Bangkok, Thailand.
She received her B.A. in Spanish and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California at Riverside, and her M.A. in Spanish from New York University. She earned tenured faculty status at RCC in Spanish in 1996. Prior to being appointed Vice President in 2006, she served as Dean of Instruction of the Moreno Campus and Dean of Instruction, General Education, at Mt. San Jacinto College.