Dr. Tina M. King is a transformative educational leader whose vision is guided by the core values of inclusive excellence, equity-mindedness, and institutional responsibility for student success. Dr. King has served in every sector of public education in California. She began her career as a middle school teacher in the Compton Unified School District. Dr. King is a tireless advocate for students and educators, she is extremely passionate about issues that affect student equity, student success, and policy in public education.
Following a high impact career in public K-12 education, Dr. King transitioned to postsecondary education and served as the Student Affairs Officer at California State University, Fullerton. She then transitioned to the community college system becoming the first Director of Institutional Research and Planning at North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) in the North Orange County Community College District. While at NOCE, Dr. King was promoted to the Dean of Instruction and Student Services serving as the Chief Student Services Officer, Title IX and Student Conduct Officer. During her tenure at NOCE, she successfully developed a comprehensive strategic enrollment management system, led the Guided Pathways Initiative, and worked in partnership to design the data element metrics for the Launch Board Adult Education Project, a tool intended to track community college outcomes for students who began in a K-12 pathway, and she co-led the redevelopment of the College’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLO).
Currently, Dr. King serves as the President of San Diego College of Continuing Education where she oversees and advocates for 40,000 students. Prior to her role as President, she served as Assistant Superintendent and Vice President for Student Affairs (ASVPSA) at Southwestern College. She oversaw a division of more than 300 educators serving a diverse population of nearly 30,000 students. Among her outstanding accomplishments as ASVPSA are: obtaining a $3 million grant to advance equitable student programs, developing the first LGBTQIA+ Learning Community, and establishing a Personal Wellness Center to meet students’ mental health and wellness needs. Dr. King also spearheaded the College’s Basic Needs Hub and is leading the development of a $90 million Student Union Complex. Dr. King’s accomplishments are the result of collaborative leadership with colleagues and mutually beneficial partnerships with the local community.
Dr. King also serves as a professor at San Diego State University, teaching equity-minded approaches to student success to graduate students in postsecondary educational leadership.
Dr. King received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Pan African Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University
Northridge. She holds a Master of Arts in Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate in Community College Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. King’s research focuses on Faculty and Staff Validation and Academic Achievement among Black Males at Community Colleges.
Dr. King has received many awards and recognitions throughout her career as a community college educational leader, including the prestigious ASPEN Rising President Fellowship in 2021.