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Dr. Art Pimentel

Welcome to
Folsom Lake College!

As the college's president, I am honored to serve such an outstanding institution.

Folsom Lake College received its initial accreditation in 2004 and quickly emerged as a growing, vibrant, and dynamic educational institution. It is closely tied to its local communities and draws students from surrounding areas in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, and Rancho Cordova, as well as visitors from throughout the region to the Harris Center for the Arts.

The college serves students seeking to transfer to four-year universities, train for the workforce, earn an associate degree or certificate, or improve foundational skills. Our faculty and staff care deeply about teaching and learning and are committed to academic excellence and ensuring students achieve their educational goals.

I encourage you to visit one of our beautiful campuses and experience firsthand what we have to offer. Take a tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, attend a show at the Harris Center, or show your Falcon pride by supporting one of our athletic teams. You'll quickly see our commitment to inspiring excellence, championing equity, and empowering students.

Welcome to Folsom Lake College!

Dr. Art Pimentel

To reach the Office of the President, contact Karla Lozano, Assistant to the President, at or (916) 608-6572.

About Dr. Art Pimentel

Dr. Art Pimentel began his tenure as the fourth president of Folsom Lake College on January 9, 2023.

With over 17 years of higher education experience, Dr. Pimentel's extensive background includes leadership of student and instructional services, fiscal management, marketing, community outreach, enrollment management, facilities management, government relations, and institutional and strategic planning.

This marked a return to the Los Rios Community College District as he previously worked for five years within the district including serving as the Dean for Sacramento City College's West Sacramento Center and as the district's Interim Director of Educational Services and Student Success.

Immediately prior to joining Folsom Lake College, Pimentel served as President of Woodland Community College. Under his leadership, Woodland Community College increased its student retention rates by over 5% since 2019, increased enrollment by 9% post-pandemic, began construction on the college's $42 million performing arts and culinary services building, expanded behavioral health services through a partnership with Yolo County, and developed strong partnerships with all K-12 districts in the college's service area to expand dual enrollment and career exploration opportunities.

Pimentel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from California State University, Sacramento; his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from California State University, Sacramento; and his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of California, Davis.

In addition to his career in higher education, Pimentel has been active within the community. He was elected to the Woodland City Council and served from 2004-2008, elected Mayor of Woodland in 2008 and served from 2008-2012, and served on the Woodland Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2014. He also served as the Chairman for the Yolo County Transportation District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality District, and the Cleaner Air Partnership of Sacramento.

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