Laney College

President Besikof’s Bio

Dr. Rudy Besikof currently serves as Laney College’s President.  He has been at the college since 2018, when he was hired as its Vice President of Instruction, the same position he has previously held at Mt. San Jacinto College for more than two years prior to joining Laney.  Prior to becoming a Chief Instructional Officer in 2016, he served for five years as a dean, first at Woodland Community College as its Dean of Instruction and Learning Resources and later at Los Angeles Valley College as a Dean of Academic Affairs.  Prior to becoming an administrator in 2011, Dr. Besikof taught English and English as a Second/Foreign Language in two and four-year colleges not only in California, but also in Colorado, Japan, and France.


Dr. Besikof is a 2010 graduate of UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program. His dissertation, The Role of the Community College President in Fundraising: A Best Practices Study, was recognized with the UCLA School of Education’s Outstanding Dissertation Award.