The MiraCosta College Board of Trustees has appointed Dick Robertson as interim superintendent/president, to replace Francisco C. Rodriguez, who has accepted the position of chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District.

Robertson’s appointment as head of the Oceanside college will take effect June 1.

Dick Robertson of MiraCosta College. Photo credit:

“The board felt very comfortable with the appointment of an internal candidate to serve in the interim capacity due to the strength and experience of existing leadership at the college,” said MiraCosta College Board of Trustees President David Broad.

Robertson will serve as interim president until the college hires a permanent president.

At its April 2 meeting, the board also voted to approve hiring an executive search firm for the permanent superintendent/president recruitment. It is anticipated that the selection of the firm will be made within a month’s time, with the goal of hiring a superintendent/president in the fall 2014 semester.

Robertson has served as the MiraCosta College vice president of student services since 1987. In 2007, he also simultaneously served as MiraCosta College’s acting president and interim vice president of Instruction.

Robertson began his career in 1971 as the student activities director at Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania. He went on to serve as dean of students and dean of instruction before being appointed vice president of MiraCosta College.

As vice president, he directs a student services program that includes admission, counseling, financial aid, minority recruitment, intercollegiate athletics, health services, student activities and government, and a host of other activities.

Robertson also has served as president of the California Community College Student Service Administrators Association and vice chair of the Commission on Education Policy for the Community College League of California.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from College of Wooster, a master’s in college student personnel, and a doctorate in administration and higher education, both from Michigan State University.

– From a MiraCosta College news release.

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