Press - 02/12/2014

MiraCosta College President Named to National Board

Francisco Rodriguez

MiraCosta College President/Superintendent Dr. Francisco Rodriguez has been named to the board of a national nonprofit whose mission is to improve financial literacy.

Dr. Rodriguez was one of two new members named to the National Endowment for Financial Education’s (NEFE) board of trustees. Patrick Bannigan, executive vice president and chief operating officer for American Century Investments based in Kansas City, Mo., was the other.

“We are very excited for Francisco to join NEFE’s board,” said Ted Beck, president and chief executive officer of the Denver-based nonprofit. “The community college world is closely aligned with our mission of inspiring educated financial decision-making for all people in all stages of life. As a community college leader, Francisco will provide a major contribution toward furthering this mission. ”

Dr. Rodriguez said he is looking forward to working with the group. 

"I am inspired by NEFE's mission-driven philosophy and practice of serving the underserved, both youngsters and elders," he said. "I am enthused by the prospect of providing bridges to the community college space and to underserved populations, especially first-generation college students, English-language learners, and low-income families."

Dr. Rodriguez was appointed superintendent/president of the MiraCosta Community College District in January of 2009. He has a doctorate in education from Oregon State University as well as a master’s degree in community development and a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis.

He also is involved with numerous other organizations, and serves on the Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee and on the board of directors for the Oceanside and Carlsbad chambers of commerce. He is on the advisory boards of the University of California Puente Project and the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators, further advocates for Latino youth through Encuentros Leadership of North County.

“I am looking forward to advancing the mission of NEFE and expanding its impact,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “I am also interested in being a strong advocate for increasing financial literacy in our schools, colleges and universities, and in our communities.”

The National Endowment for Financial Education evolved from the nonprofit College for Financial Planning, which was founded in 1972 as the country’s first educational institution focused on financial planning.

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