News - 03/13/2014

MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Announces Intended Resignation: Accepts Position As Chancellor of Los Angeles Community College District.

Dr. Francisco Rodriguez announced today his intended resignation as superintendent/president of the MiraCosta Community College District.

“MiraCosta is a great college with even better people. I have no doubt that the college’s outstanding reputation for academic excellence, responsive student services, and robust financial standing will attract superb candidates to serve as the next superintendent/president – someone who will build on the college’s strong foundation and bold vision to serve students and this region,” said Rodriguez.

Dr. Rodriguez is leaving MiraCosta College to serve as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). LACCD serves more than 130,000 students at its nine campuses and is the largest community college district in the United States, covering an area of more than 880 square miles. He will begin his assignment on June 1, 2014.

“I am drawn to this extraordinary leadership opportunity because of its complexity as an urban district and the needs of its student population,” said Dr. Rodriguez.

Dr. Rodriguez has been at the helm of MiraCosta College since January 2009. Under his leadership:

  • MiraCosta College credit enrollment increased by more than 25 percent.
  • Student graduation numbers more than doubled. In 2013, the college awarded a record number of degrees and certificates–2,455, plus an additional 52 high school diplomas.
  • The college was designated as an Hispanic Serving Institution, which positions the college for millions of dollars in federal grants to improve educational programs.
  • The number of military veterans and active-duty students has doubled and the college has instituted new programs and services for student veterans. As a result, the college was named a Military Friendly Institution by Victory Media.
  • The college foundation raised nearly $5 million in philanthropic dollars and $17 million in grants, and awarded more student scholarships than ever before. Meanwhile, the college endowment increased from $3.8 to $6.01 million.
  • The college completed successful accreditation reviews.
  • The district successfully navigated through a severe financial crisis, resulting in an operationally balanced budget.
  • Local and statewide partnerships with legislators and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office have been strengthened.
  • Partnerships with local industry have resulted in unique and innovative programs that meet local workforce demands. In 2013, the college received a Department of Labor $2.75 million grant to start a Technology Career Institute (TCI) aimed at filling a growing demand for qualified machinists and industrial technicians in North County.
  • The number of online classes and Friday and Saturday classes has grown tremendously, which has made enrollment more convenient for students.

In his capacity as MiraCosta College’s Superintendent/President, Dr. Rodriguez serves on the advisory boards of several local and statewide organizations, and is the recipient of multiple awards. Among them, educator awards in 2013 from North San Diego County Chapter of the NAACP and the San Diego Mexican American Business Professionals Association, the 2012 Small Business Development Center Advocate of the Year Award, and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Pacesetter of the Year. In 2012, he was appointed to a three-year term on the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee, and he serves on the board of directors for both the Oceanside and Carlsbad chambers of commerce. Dr. Rodriguez also serves on the advisory committees for the education schools at UC Davis and San Diego State University, and teaches in the doctoral program in education at Sacramento State University.

Dr. Rodriguez began his community college career in 1997 at Woodland Community College in the Yuba Community College District, where he served as associate dean of Instruction and Student Services, and executive dean (now titled president). In 2003, he was appointed president of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and served in that capacity for six years.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Superintendent/President Rodriguez has a doctorate in education from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in community development and a bachelor’s degree in Chicano studies, both from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Rodriguez’s last day at MiraCosta College will be May 31, 2014. The MiraCosta College Board of Trustees will be meeting soon to outline a plan for providing stable and effective leadership for the district during and after this transition. 

“We congratulate Dr. Rodriguez on being selected for this tremendous leadership opportunity at Los Angeles and wish him our very best in his new role,” said MiraCosta College Board of Trustees President David Broad. “We thank him for his incredible leadership in driving us forward to increasing access and success for students, while maintaining financial discipline. The Board of Trustees and the college leadership will be working together to ensure smooth transition to keep the great progress of the college moving forward.”

For additional information about Dr. Rodriguez, visit http://miracosta.edu/officeofthepresident/about.html.

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