Dr. José Leyba is a native Arizonan, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Arizona State University (ASU). In addition to K-12 teaching experience, Dr. Leyba has held positions as Principal, Director, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, and Superintendent of the Isaac School District (1995-2000) in Phoenix, Arizona. During his tenure as superintendent of schools, he served as Co-Chair of the 70 Arizona low wealth plaintiff, school districts that filed the Roosevelt vs. Bishop school finance lawsuit. His leadership and advocacy for equity was instrumental in the success of the case and the legislation that resulted in changing the inequitable Arizona system of school finance. Dr. Leyba also served as Co-Principal Investigator for a $15,000,000 National Science Foundation Math and Science Grant involving the Phoenix Union High School District and its elementary feeder districts.
After a successful tenure in K-12, Dr. Leyba transitioned to higher education. He has served as Associate Faculty at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. In 2001, he joined the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD) where he served in a variety of executive positions including Associate Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Provost and Vice President. MCCD is one of the largest community college systems in the country with ten colleges serving over 200,000 students.
In 2005, Dr. Leyba was named Interim President of Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC), one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District and an HSI. For family reasons he returned to Arizona, and served as Vice President for Corporate Development at the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation and then retired from MCCD. He has pursued his passion for equity through his work as a national speaker and consultant in higher education and K-12. In Arizona, he served as consultant for the Arizona Department of Education (and as Chair/member of the Latinx Advisory Committee, Executive Leadership Coach for “Turnaround” School Principals/Superintendents at Arizona State University, and Executive Coach for New Superintendents with Grand Canyon University/ADE/ASA.
In January 3, 2011 Dr. Leyba assumed the executive leadership role of Acting Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for the Pima Community College’s seven college campuses in Tucson, Arizona.
PCC is a long standing Hispanic Serving Institution. He had previously served as Interim Vice President of Instruction at PCC’s West Campus in 2009. After, completing this assignment he returned to the Phoenix area and since 2011 has continued his consultant and coaching assignments, and serves in the following roles: Executive Search and Retreat Consultant for the Association of Community College Trustees, Superintendent searches with JG Consulting, former Director, Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents, (Superintendents Leadership Academy). Dr. Leyba also serves as Distinguished Faculty and Mentor for the National Community College Hispanic Council Fellows and formerly for the National Council on Black American Affairs Mid-Level African Administrators Leadership Institute. He has facilitated leadership and equity meetings/workshops in diverse colleges and school districts.
In addition to mentoring, recruiting and developing leaders of color nationally, Dr. Leyba also facilitates professional development (equity, retreats, leadership, strategic planning, advocacy etc.), for College and K-12 Trustees/Governing Board Members throughout the country.