Dr. Francisco Rodriguez was appointed superintendent/president of the MiraCosta Community College District in January 2009. The district educates more than 18,000 credit and noncredit students at three campuses in North San Diego County and through a thriving online program. Dr. Rodriguez’s leadership is guided by his commitment to provide educational opportunities and student-support services to a diverse population of learners with a focus on their success.
Under the guidance of Dr. Rodriguez, the college’s credit enrollment has grown nearly 25 percent since fall 2008, while the number of veteran and active-duty military students served has increased by more than 90 percent. The college has met student demand by increasing the number of online and hybrid classes, offering more university-transferable classes and scheduling courses in ways that work better with students’ schedules.
Dr. Rodriguez’s commitment to students has resulted in the college foundation raising more money for student scholarships than ever before. In 2012/13 alone, donors gave more than $1.1 million to fund scholarships and excellence in college programs. The college has also developed an active grants program that in 2012/13 resulted in more than $2.8 million in grant commitments secured.
Dr. Rodriguez is the recipient of multiple awards and honors for his leadership, scholarship, service and contributions to higher education, including the 2012 Small Business Development Center Advocate of the Year Award and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Communicator of the Year. Also in 2012, he was appointed to a three-year term on the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of directors for the Oceanside and Carlsbad chambers of commerce.
Dr. Rodriguez also serves on the advisory boards of the University of California Puente Project and the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators, and is an advocate for Latino youth through Encuentros Leadership of North County.
Celebrating his twenty-ninth year of service to California public higher education, Dr. Rodriguez began his higher education career at the University of California, Davis and 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, President Rodriguez is an English-language learner, and a first-generation college graduate from a working class family. He has a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in community development and a bachelor’s degree in Chicano studies, both from UC Davis.