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Dr. Constance M. Carroll
B.A., Humanities
Duquesne University

M.A., Classics
University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D., Classics
University of Pittsburgh

Certificate in Hellenic Studies
Knubly University, Athens, Greece

Institute for Educational Management
Graduate School of Education
Harvard University

Employment History
  • Chancellor, San Diego Community College District, July 1, 2004, to present
  • President, San Diego Mesa College, 1993-2004
  • President, Saddleback College, 1983-1993
  • President, Indian Valley Colleges, 1977-1983
  • Interim Chancellor, Marin Community College District, 1979-1980
  • Associate Dean & Assistant Professor of Classics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Maine, Portland-Gorham (now University of Southern Maine), 1973-1977
  • Assistant Dean & Assistant Professor of Classics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Maine, Portand-Gorham, 1972-1973
  • Director of Freshman Advising, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 1971-1972
  • Assistant Director, College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center, University of Pittsburgh, 1970-1971

Service on Professional and Community Boards (a partial list)
National, State & Regional
  • Member, National Council on the Humanities, nominated by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by U.S. Senate, 2011
  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, 1986-1989; Chair of AACC Commission on New Technologies, 1988; Member, AACC Commission on International and Intercultural Services, 1997-2000
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Board of Directors, 2005-2008
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 1990-1999; Chair of Commission, 1996-1998; WASC Board of Appeals, 2004-present
  • Council for Higher Education (CHEA) Commission on Recognition and Committee on Transfer and the Public Interest, 1999-2001
  • Chair of numerous accreditation evaluation teams
  • Member and Founding Chair, Community College Leadership Development Initiatives and Foundation, 1999-2010
  • California Joint Legislative Committee on the Master Plan for California Education, K-University, Working Group on Professional Development, 2000-2002
  • California Department of Education Professional Development Task Force, 2000-2002
  • California Council for the Humanities, 1985-1989; Chair, 1987-1989
  • Community College Humanities Association Board of Directors, 1989-present
  • National Institute for Leadership Development Board of Directors, 1985-present; Chair, 1987-1989
  • National Advisory Council on Continuing Education (appointed by President Jimmy Carter), 1980-1981
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on Women in Higher Education, 1991-1993
  • Advisory Board, Automobile Club of Southern California, 1992-1998
  • Advisory Board, Ms. Magazine and Foundation for Education, 1980-1983
  • Maine Humanities Council, 1973-1975
  • Panel on Museums and Historical Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1973-1975
  • Co-Chair, Commission on Higher Education, National Council of Negro Women, 1973-1975
  • Associate Director, National Institute, "Challenge: Women in Higher Education," funded by the U.S. Office of Education, conducted at the University of California (Irvine), University of Tennessee (Knoxville), and University of Florida (Gainesville), 1972

  • University of San Diego Board of Trustees, 2010-present
  • San Diego Foundation Board of Governors, 2010-present
  • San Diego Museum of Man Board of Trustees, 2013-present
  • San Diego Youth Services Board of Directors, past Chair, 1998-present
  • San Diego Opera Board of Directors, 2002-2010
  • Diocesan High School Planning Commission, 2002-present
  • San Diego Urban League Board of Directors, 2004-2010
  • National Football League Youth Education Town Advisory Board, 2001-present; Chair, 2002-2004
  • Super Bowl XXXVII Host Committee, 2001-2003
  • San Diego Dialogue, 1998-2001
  • National Conference for Community and Justice, 1998-2004
  • Installation Gallery Board of Directors, 1993-1995
  • Catfish Club Board of Directors, 2001-present
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 1988-present

  • Carroll, C.M., and De Los Santos, G., eds., Alternative Funding for Community Colleges, Phoenix: League for Innovation, 2010
  • Carroll, C.M., "Staying Ahead of the Storm: Budget Strategies," Community College Journal, American Association of Community Colleges, June/July 2010
  • Carroll, C.M., and Romero, M., "Leadership Development: A Collaborative Approach," in Help Wanted: Preparing Community College Leaders in a New Century, Piland, W.E., and Wolf, D.B., eds., San Francisco: Josey-Bass. 2003
  • "Shaking the Leadership Blues", a collaborative article with David B. Wolf, Community College Journal, American Association of Community Colleges, August 2002
  • "The Importance of Teaching History at a Community College: A President's Perspective", Community College Historians in the United States, Hata, N., ed., Organization of American Historians, 1999
  • "Accrediting International Education Programs", Community College Journal, American Association of Community Colleges, October/November 1998
  • "Taking Advantage of Hard Times: Strategies for Program Improvements", Network, Association of California Community College Administrators, September/October 1993
  • "Sexual Harassment on Campus: Enhancing Awareness and Promoting Change", Educational Record, American Council on Education, Winter 1993
  • "Three's a Crowd: The Dilemma of the Black Woman in Higher Education", Academic Women on the Move, Rossi, A., ed., Russell Sage Foundation, 1973. Also published in All the Men are Black, All the Women are White; But Some of Us are Brave: Black Women's Studies, Bell-Scott et al., The Feminist Press, 1982
  • "The Stockholm Syndrome", California Association of Community Colleges News, 1981
  • Associate Producer, Film, "Crisis: Women in Higher Education", 1972

Presentations and Events
Dr. Carroll has been a keynote speaker, featured presenter, and panelist at numerous national, state, regional, and local conferences and conventions.  Some of the organizations she has addressed are:
  • White House Summit on Community Colleges, 2010
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • Community College League of California
  • American Council on Education
  • Claremont Graduate University ("Howard R. Bowen Lecture")
  • Association of California Community College Administrators
  • Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
  • Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
  • American Student Association of Community Colleges
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • California Community College Trustees
  • National Institute for Leadership Development
  • Community College Humanities Association
  • Stanford University Humanities Center
  • American Association of University Women
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • California Assessment Institute
  • Commencement Addresses: Woodbury University, Compton Community College, San Diego Mesa College, College of Alameda, Pikes Peak Community College, Crafton Hills College, Rancho Santiago - Santa Ana College

A complete list of her presentations is available upon request.

  • Mental Health America of San Diego County, "Leadership in Action Award," 2013
  • San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame, "Trailblazer Award" and Induction, 2013
  • Union of Pan Asian Communities, "Individual Leadership Award," San Diego, 2012
  • University of San Diego "Remarkable Leaders in Education Award," 2009
  • Urban League of San Diego County "Whitney M. Young Leadership Award," 2009
  • Association of Community College Trustees "Marie Y. Martin CEO Award," 2007
  • LEAD San Diego "Visionaries Award - Economic Opportunity," 2004
  • KPBS/Union Bank of California "Local Heroes Award," 2003
  • Catfish Club "Pioneering Women of Achievement Award," 2003
  • "Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award," Association of California Community College Administrators, 1996
  • Distinguished Humanities Educator Award, Community College Humanities Association, 1993
  • President of the Year Award, American Association of Women in Community Colleges, 1992
  • San Diego Magazine: 50 People to Watch in 1999 and 2005
  • Woman of Distinction Award, San Diego Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., 1993
  • College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1971

Dr. Constance M. Carroll can be contacted by e-mail at

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