Daniel Troy named Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business Services

April 26, 2024 | San Diego Community College District

The San Diego Community College District named Daniel Troy, who has held several high-level positions managing fiscal operations at the state and local levels, as its next vice chancellor of Finance and Business Services.

Daniel Troy portrait photo. He is wearing a dark suit and a blue tie
Daniel Troy will start his new position as Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business Services on June 28, 2024.

Troy’s first day as executive business officer with the region’s largest provider of higher education and workforce training will be June 28. Troy comes to the SDCCD, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges, from the San Luis Obispo County Community College District’s Cuesta College, where he has served as assistant superintendent/vice president of Administrative Services since April 2016. Prior to Cuesta College, Troy was employed as vice chancellor for College Finance and Facilities Planning within the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, where he advocated for system resources and was responsible for monitoring fiscal health and regulatory compliance; principal consultant ― education for the California State Senate Appropriations Committee where he advised Senate leadership on important legislation; and principal program budget analyst for the California Department of Finance, where he was responsible for K-12 general apportionments and fiscal oversight.

At Cuesta College, Troy played a critical role in the nearly fivefold growth of unrestricted general fund ending balances to $32 million over a five-year period ending in 2023, providing a cushion during a time of state revenue volatility and looming community college funding adjustments. At the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento, Troy oversaw the restoration of system funding squeezed during the Great Recession, the creation of new initiatives later combined into the Student Equity and Achievement Program, and historic increases in local discretionary funding.

“Dan will be a great addition to our executive leadership group,” said SDCCD Chancellor Gregory Smith. “His deep expertise in community college and state finance will ensure our district continues to be a recognized leader in fiscal policy decisions impacting our students.”

Troy’s considerable experience in higher education finance will further position the SDCCD to help drive statewide decisions related to finance to the benefit of our colleges, the chancellor added.

Following a nationwide search, the SDCCD’s Board of Trustees approved Troy’s appointment during its April 25 meeting.

"I'm both thrilled and honored to join the outstanding team at the San Diego Community College District," said Troy. "The SDCCCD plays a critical role in meeting the region's workforce needs and in providing access to high-quality learning experiences for all students. I look forward to collaborating with the SDCCD's equity-minded leadership to ensure that the district remains a force for positive change in the community. I believe great things are ahead, and I’m excited to be a part of it."

As a member of the SDCCD’s Chancellor’s Cabinet, Troy’s responsibilities will include planning, developing and managing the district’s $1 billion annual budget and multi-year projections; overseeing the district’s fiscal compliance programs; monitoring proposed and enacted changes in regulations impacting finance and business services in at California’s 116 community colleges; representing the district on local, state and national committees; and ensuring timely submission of reports by local, state and federal regulators.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Troy has a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College.

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