Jeff DeFranco became LTCC’s fifth superintendent/president in November 2016. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Administrative Services for LTCC. As a lifelong educator committed to supporting quality instructional programs and student success, he has worked in multiple educational settings including K-12, community college, and at four-year institutions. Before joining LTCC in 2012, Jeff worked for Springfield School District in Oregon for nine years as a senior level district administrator. His roles have included leadership and oversight of fiscal, facility, technology, bonds, grants, development, government affairs, and public relations functions for educational organizations. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University's nationally-ranked Organizational Leadership Program. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico and his master's degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Oregon. He also received a professional certificate from Stanford University in Strategic Decision and Risk Management.
In 2012, Jeff returned to his native state of California where he became an active member of the South Lake Tahoe Community with his wife, Kasey, and their two sons, who currently attend elementary school in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Jeff possesses a strong commitment to leadership development, creating the curriculum for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy for the past decade, as well as serving as co-chair for Leadership Lake Tahoe program this past year. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, skiing, and playing soccer. He is an enthusiastic lifelong learner and consistently strives to broaden his thinking, especially in the areas of leadership and change management.