Cynthia E. Eskandari-Azari, Ed.D.

Cynthia E. Eskandari-Azari, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Academic Standards & Committee Rep


Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Seattle University, 1996
M.S., Industrial Relations, West Virginia University, 1978
M.A., Educational Administration, West Virginia University, 1977
B.A., Government, Secondary Education, Huston Tillotson College, 1970



Cynthia E. Azari, Ed.D. served as president of Riverside City College from 2011 to 2014 after serving as president of Fresno City College.

During her career in higher education Dr. Azari has garnered recognition and is a recipient of the National TRIO award in 2009, the Woman of Achievement award from the local YWCA and the Distinguished Service award from the Association of Washington Community and Technical Colleges in 1995.

Prior to leading Fresno City College,  Azari served as vice chancellor for Workforce Development and Educational Services at State Center Community College District, president of Butler County Community College, vice president for instruction and dean of business and engineering at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, and the director of education at the Texas State Property Tax Board.

Azari is passionate about community service and has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Girl Scouts and the Mayor’s Education Roundtable. She is a former member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Training America’s Teachers, the Community Development Corporation Board and the California Community College League Education Committee. She has also been a member of Rotary International and is an American Cancer Society supporter.

Azari holds a bachelor’s degree in government, an MA in Education Administration, MS in Industrial Relations and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. She and her husband of forty years have two daughters and four grandchildren.