San Diego College of Continuing Education president
Dr. Tina King. Photo via @SDCCD Twitter

The San Diego College of Continuing Education Friday named Tina King its new president, pending San Diego Community College District board approval.

King comes to SDCCE from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, where she served as assistant superintendent/vice president of student affairs since 2019.

“Dr. King brings a wonderful combination of experience and enthusiasm that make her an excellent choice as continuing education’s permanent president,” said San Diego Community College District Chancellor Carlos O.

Turner Cortez, who served as SDCCE president from 2015 until 2021 when he was hired as district chancellor. “The board of trustees and I were impressed by her vision for growth and deep commitment to serving students.”

King will assume leadership of SDCCE, which serves 30,000 students per semester at seven campuses and dozens of community locations.

SDCCD Board of Trustees President Maria Nieto Senour, echoed Cortez’s endorsement.

“Dr. King will provide the energetic and strategic leadership continuing education needs as it continues to redefine noncredit education and expands educational opportunities to even more San Diegans,” she said.

While at Southwestern College, King also served as the dean of the School of Counseling and Student Support Programs.

In addition to her position at Southwestern College, King was previously interim dean of instruction and student services and director of institutional research and planning for North Orange Continuing Education in Anaheim. She has also served as a student affairs officer and student affairs advisor in the educational leadership department at Cal State Fullerton and experience in K-12 education both as a learning facilitator with the Los Angeles Unified School District and as a middle school teacher in the Compton Unified School District.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored the governing board has entrusted me to lead San Diego College of Continuing Education — a college that has proudly served San Diego for more than a century,” King said. “I look forward to working with Chancellor Cortez, the team of dedicated educators and student leaders at SDCCE, and my counterparts and colleagues in the district in delivering educational experiences and career opportunities that are innovative, inclusive, and meet the diverse needs of all San Diegans.”

King earned a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Cal State Fullerton, where her dissertation focused on the role of community college faculty and staff in creating academic achievement for Black men. She also has a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Cal State Northridge.

Her selection follows a national search for a permanent president for SDCCE. Kay Faulconer Boger, has served as interim president since July. King’s appointment is scheduled to be ratified at the March 24 SDCCD Board of Trustees meeting. She will begin her new role on July 1.

City News Service contributed to this article.