Georgia Lorenz, Ph.D.

Georgia Lorenz has worked at Santa Monica College (SMC) for more than twelve years and currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In the role of Vice President, Lorenz has direct responsibility for providing leadership and administrative oversight to the college's instructional programs, including curriculum, 23 academic departments, satellite campuses, learning resources, distance education, continuing education, and health sciences. Prior to her work at SMC, Lorenz was the Associate Director of the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Urban Education where she managed grant-funded research projects focused on using institutional data to examine and achieve equity in educational outcomes for traditionally underrepresented students. She has also authored, co-authored, and contributed to papers, journal articles, and chapters in books, including Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice.

Prior to that, she worked in student affairs at USC and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, managing and providing leadership support in both student affairs and residential life. She has also served as an adjunct professor in USC’s Rossier School of Education doctoral program. Dr. Lorenz earned a PhD in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration at USC, where she received the Delta Epsilon Dissertation Award of Merit. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University.