COMPTON – Compton College announced Antonio Banks was hired as the new director of Black and males of color success, effective November 29, 2021. Under the direction of the vice president of Student Services or assigned dean, the director of Black and males of color success is responsible for offering strategic direction in improving academic success, retention, and graduation rates of Black and males of color students.
Banks has administrative oversight of the program, including fiscal management, resource development, advising, and coordinating related support. In addition, he will provide leadership to the campus to deliver services and activities that are sensitive to cultural differences and promote access and student success. This position will be integrated into the Compton College Guided Pathways Division’s work to ensure all Black and males of color are provided appropriate academic and student support. The director is also responsible for working closely with the college’s professional development manager to provide professional development activities for faculty, classified staff, and managers/supervisors.
“The director of Black and males of color success is a newly established position at Compton College that is initially funded by the American Rescue Plan, followed by long-term funding from the Compton Community College District,” said Compton College President/CEO Keith Curry. “It is extremely important that Compton College take this additional step toward addressing and increasing the retention and success of Black and males of color in higher education.”
Antonio Banks is dedicated to aiding in the academic and societal advancement of disproportionately impacted student groups. He has extensive experience in providing innovative, collaborative, inclusive, and actionable solutions at community college and university campuses, as well as nonprofit educational organizations. Prior to joining Compton College, Banks served as the statewide charter director for the African American Male Education and Development Network in Los Angeles where he provided oversight in the development of 22 community college-based charter programs throughout California. He has also held positions as the regional coordinator for the Umoja Community Education Foundation in Sacramento and several positions at California State University, Fullerton including adjunct lecturer in educational research, program analyst, and project director. He also worked at California State University, Riverside as the resident director where he led unique residential programs concentrated on the success and retention of students of four themed living communities focused on African American, Latino, LGBTQIA+, and honors students.
Banks earned his doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in higher education from California State University, Fullerton, and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from California State University, San Bernardino. He wrote his Ed.D. dissertation on “Traversing the Higher Education Pipeline for African American Male Students.”