SACRAMENTO – Edward Bush, a veteran Riverside County community college faculty member and
administrator of nearly 17 years, is heading north to become the new president of Cosumnes River
College, following the Los Rios District Board’s action Wednesday night to appoint him to the post.
Bush, who is currently vice president, Student Services at Riverside Community College, is expected to
join Cosumnes River College on July 1. The college is the third largest of the four Los Rios Colleges,
with nearly 15,000 students studying on its main campus and at the Elk Grove Center, 575 faculty and
staff and an annual operating budget of about $37 million.
“We’re excited about the passion and drive that Dr. Bush will be bringing to Cosumnes River College,”
said Los Rios Board President Dustin Johnson. “His commitment to student success, diversity and
access will make him an excellent addition to the college and the Los Rios Colleges leadership team.”
At Cosumnes River College, Bush will replace Deborah Travis, who retired last December. Since then,
Whitney Yamamura, the college’s vice president of Instruction, has served as interim president.
Bush said he was drawn to Cosumnes River College by the campus’s physical beauty, the Los Rios
District’s reputation for excellence and the college’s “diverse learning environment.”
As a teenager growing up in Pomona, Calif., Bush dreamed of a career in politics and government. But
that changed during his junior year at UC Riverside, he recalled in an interview, when the political
science major met a student adviser “who really had an impact on me. I looked at his job and I thought,
‘Wow! This is a pretty cool deal, working on a college campus, being around that type of learning – a
stimulating environment – being able to help shape young minds.’ I could see myself working at a
And that good feeling stuck. Today, Bush said, “I want people to know how passionate I am about
student success. To me, working in education is more than just a profession. It’s a calling … I find
myself doing this work even when I am not at work. It’s how much I believe in it.”
In his current role at Riverside City College, Bush, 42, has served as president of the college’s
Management Leadership Association, and has served as administrative co-chair of several committees,
including the Student Success Committee, Strategic Planning Executive Council and the Emergency
Preparedness Committee. He was also the chief facilitator in the development and implementation of the
college’s Student Equity Plan. In addition to his administrative leadership at the college, he also serves on the board of several non-profit and community organizations in the Riverside community, and has taught at both University of the Redlands and Brandman University.
“What’s impressive about Dr. Bush is his reputation for collaboration – building bridges across campus
and, especially, between instruction and student services,” said Los Rios Chancellor Brian King, “and
for his unwavering commitment to equity and diversity. That’s a strong track record to lead Cosumnes
River College, one of the nation’s most diverse community colleges.”
Before coming to Riverside Community College in 2007, Bush served as dean, Student Services, at
Norco College, and assistant professor, coordinator of Student Activities at Moreno Valley College –
both part of the Riverside Community College District.
Bush has a Ph.D. in Urban Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University, a master of
arts in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and a bachelor of arts in Political Science from UC Riverside.