Dr. Frank Nigro
Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction
Frank Nigro has served as Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction since June 2017. Growing up in Paradise, California, he attended California State University, Chico, where he majored in English and minored in German. He completed his doctorate at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1997, Dr. Nigro began teaching English at Shasta College and was deeply involved with participatory governance. He served as Senate Secretary, Senate President, English Department Coordinator, Distance Education Committee Chair, Title III Grant Coordinator, and other roles, including statewide committees, that led to an Excellent Educator Award in 2006 and a state Hayward Award in 2007. In 2012, Dr. Nigro entered administration, becoming Dean of Shasta College's division of Science, Language Arts and Mathematics. Dr. Nigro currently serves as Region 1 Chair (Far North) on the California Community College Chief Instructional Officers executive board, and as a representative on the Chancellor’s Office Baccalaureate Degree Program Workgroup.
The youngest of five siblings he was the first to complete college and did so with guidance of faculty mentors and by working dozens of jobs to finance his education. His studies include 2.5 years at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and the Freie University of Berlin, Germany. He has also lived for extended periods in Switzerland and Japan. Despite having called many places home, Dr. Nigro says the Northstate has always been the home in his heart, and this is his community. He’s proud to work at Shasta College and looks forward to helping every student realize their full potential and to achieve the same kind of educational transformation that he himself experienced. Grandson of immigrants, Dr. Nigro is also married to an immigrant from Japan. He and his wife share a love of running and are raising two wonderful boys, ages 12 and 15.