December 2, 2008 (EL CAJON) Public forums are scheduled for Dec. 10 and 11 for two finalists seeking the position of GCCCD chancellor. The finalists are
Dr. Cindy Miles, president of the Hialeah Campus of Miami Dade College in Florida,
and Dr. Mark Zacovic, interim vice president of administrative services for
the Pasadena Area Community College District.
The district is seeking a new chancellor because of Dr. Omero Suarez's plans
to retire from the district next spring after more than a decade at the district's
Public forums for the candidates will be followed by closed-session interviews
by the governing board.
Dr. Miles will present at two hour-long public forums, 8:45 a.m., Wednesday,
Dec. 10, at the Grossmont College Student Center and 10:45 later that morning
at the Cuyamaca College Communication Arts Center Theater. Dr. Zacovic will
present at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Grossmont College Student Center
and at 2:30 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Communication Arts Center Theater.
Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon; Cuyamaca
College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.
Free parking is available on both days.
Both candidates have doctorates in education and years as administrators in
higher education. Miles has been president of the Hialeah Campus since its
founding in 2005 as the seventh campus of Miami Dade College, or MDC, a state-supported
institution in southern Florida with eight campuses. With a total enrollment
exceeding 160,000, it is the largest college in the nation. Hialeah Campus
serves the Greater Hialeah-Miami Lakes area, enrolling about 11,000 students
and offering associate degrees and certificates.
Before assuming the presidency of the Hialeah Campus, Miles served as vice
president for learning and academic affairs at the Community College of Denver
from 2002-2005. She began her higher education career in 1989, teaching developmental
mathematics at Paris Junior College in Texas, and spent more than a decade
as a medical technologist. She joined the Community College of Denver in 1995
as assistant to the president, and progressed in several administrative positions
before her move to MDC.
Miles is chair of the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce's Education to Business
Committee; serves on the National Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
of the American Association of Community Colleges, and as MDC representative
to the League for Innovation in the Community College. Outside the college,
she assists local and national service organizations, and consults on topics
including educational quality and innovation, learning outcomes and assessment,
leadership and change.
She holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas
at Austin. She received her master's in secondary and higher education form
Texas A & M University Commerce; and her bachelor's in biology from the
University of Texas at Austin.
Zacovic is a 23-year veteran of the California Community College system, first
serving as the director of administrative services at Santa Barbara City College,
where he also taught part-time in business administration for five years beginning
in 1985. Zacovic has also served as the vice president of business services
at Lake Tahoe Community College, interim president of Santiago Canyon College,
vice chancellor of business operations and fiscal services at Rancho Santiago
Community College District, and superintendent/president at Mt. San Jacinto
Community College District. Most recently, he assisted two districts in an
interim capacity: as vice chancellor of administrative services at Contra Costa
Community College District for 10 months, and currently, as vice president
of administrative services at Pasadena City College/Pasadena Area CCD on an
With an enrollment of more than 27,000 students, the Pasadena City College
District is the third-largest, single-campus community college district in
the United States. PCC has served the San Gabriel Valley and portions of El
Monte and Rosemead for more than 80 years.
Zacovic has served on the boards of the Association of California Community
College Administrators, where he is the immediate past president; the Association
of Chief Business Officers, including two years as president, and the Community
College League of California. He currently is serving in his second year as
ACCCA's representative on the State Chancellor's Consultation Council.
A native Southern Californian, Zacovic earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership
with an emphasis in higher education at the University of Nevada, Reno. He
earned a master's in business administration at Whittier College, and his bachelor's
in sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.