Alma Sisco-Smith

Title: Retired University Administrator
Company: University of California San Francisco
Location: Oceanside, California, United States

Alma Sisco-Smith, Retired University Administrator at University of California San Francisco, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.

With many years of experience to her credit, Ms. Sisco-Smith formerly excelled as a university administrator at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), with which she held the positions of the director for student academic services, the chairperson for the Executive-Appointed Committee on Institutional Climate, a special assistant for the Chancellor’s Initiative on Supportive Work Environment and the founder of the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Resolution. In addition to these appointments, she served as the associate director for the administration of extended degree programs at California State University, Long Beach, the associate dean for lifelong learning at the University of Redlands, a member of the Dean’s Council for the College of Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University, San Marcus, and the president of the board of trustees for the Oceanside Public Library. Ms. Sisco began her career as a chief medical laboratory technologist at a regional teaching hospital.

Before embarking on her professional path, Ms. Sisco-Smith pursued an education at Northeastern University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in immunology. She continued her academic efforts with a Master of Arts in health sciences education and administration at San Francisco State University before concluding her formal studies with doctoral coursework in higher education administration and policy studies with a secondary emphasis in organizational development at the University of California, Berkeley. In light of her exceptional undertakings, she has accepted several accolades throughout her career, including the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Civic Commemorative Award from the city of Oceanside, the 2016 North San Diego County Woman of the Year Award, the 2015 Distinguished Women of Color of San Diego Award from the NAACP, the 2015 Bronze Award for Community Volunteerism from the President of the United States and the 1995 Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women. In the coming years, Ms. Sisco-Smith hopes to remain involved with the Oceanside Public Library, the University of California San Francisco and her community, through which she aims to support organizations that promote young women.

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