Santa Monica College Executive Vice President Randal Lawson has received the 2009 Leadership Award for Administrative Excellence by the Association of California Community College Administrators.

This is the second statewide leadership award that Lawson has earned within a year.

The 30-year member of the community college staff began as a music professor and is now SMC’s second-highest ranking senior administrator.

In addition to this year’s award, Lawson was named 2007-08 winner of the Carter Doran Leadership Award, which is awarded by the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers.

“(Lawson) works tirelessly to improve California community colleges and is well respected for his contributions both at his college and at the state level,” said Doug Garrison, first vice president of the Community College Administrators board. “In

addition to serving as an important leader in the state CIO organization he actively represents the perspective of instructional administrators in the development of policy at the state level.”

The Community College Administrators award honors a mid-level administrator “whose commitment to the profession stands out among peers, demonstrating creativity, innovation and commitment,” according to the association.

After joining the SMC faculty in 1979, Lawson served as music department chair and was the first coordinator of the Arts Mentor Program. He was elected academic Senate president in 1987 and was also a member of the Educational Policies Committee of the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges that academic year.

Lawson holds a bachelor’s of music degree from Oklahoma City University and a master of music degree from the University of Southern California.

He was appointed executive vice president on January 1st, 2005. From 1998 through 2004, Lawson served as vice president of academic affairs. Previously, he had served in several administrative positions, including associate vice president of academic affairs, administrative dean of instruction, administrative dean of academic personnel, and dean of arts.

He has also served as the college’s chief instructional officer, accreditation liaison officer, and co-chaired the 1998 and 2004 accreditation self-study processes.