President Tina M. King, Ed.D.

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.

Tina M King, Ed.D

SDCCE Updates: Message from the President

Dear SDCCE Community, Vision 2030: A Call-to-Action Adult Education Summit is only 11 days away! More than 40 California community college leaders, elected officials and representatives from business and industry will be speaking at the San Diego College of Continuing Education... Read More »

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Awards and Honors

  • External Advisory Board to the Dean for the College of Education at San Diego State University, 2023 - 2025
  • Community College League of California - CEO Strategic Leadership Program Advisory Committee, 2022 - 2024
  • AACC: Commission on Economic and Workforce Development nominee
  • NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community 2023 Mena Valdez Community College Award
  • Top 25 Outstanding Women featured in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education for Women's History Month 2023
  • Top 50 Black Leaders of Influence in 2023
  • Top 50 Latino Leaders of Influence in 2022
  • ASPEN Rising President Fellowship (2021)
  • North Star Award Recipient, North Orange County Community College District (2018)
  • Leadership Institute for Tomorrow (L.I.F.T) Academy (2015)
  • Honorary Golden Key International Honor Society, Honored as Lifetime Member, National Honor Society (2015)

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President's Advisory Committee

The President's Advisory Committee is made up of community members and professionals in San Diego. Their expertise and knowledge serve as an asset to advise the President on how to best advance the mission and vision of the college.

  • Al Abdallah, Urban League
  • Anna Arrancibia, YMCA
  • Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified School District
  • Phil Blair, Manpower of San Diego
  • Shakerra Carter, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  • Laurie Coskey, San Diego Community College District
  • Jose Cruz, San Diego Council on Literacy
  • Margie de Ruyter, College and Career Readiness
  • Kim Desmond, City of San Diego
  • Joann Fields, API Initiative
  • Toni Giffin, Goodwill
  • Elba Gomez, Port of San Diego
  • Leah Goodwin, California Arts Council
  • Pamela Gray Payton, San Diego Foundation
  • Katrina Hamilton, NAACP San Diego Branch
  • Naveed Haris, Office of Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera
  • Tiffany Harrison, City of San Diego District 4
  • Nate Howard, Movement BE
  • Lamont Jackson, San Diego Unified School District
  • Neill Kovrig, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  • Carlos LeGerrette, Chavez Clubs
  • Stephanie Lewis, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  • Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride
  • Andrei Lucas, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  • Ted Martinez, NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program
  • Diane Moss, Project New Village
  • Ellen Nash, Leon L. Williams San Diego County Human Relations Commission
  • Jacqueline Sabanos, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  • Alyce Smith-Cooper
  • Minou Spradley, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  • Steve Steppe, Electrical Workers Minority Caucus
  • Albert Valdivia, Clark Construction
  • Sarah Vielma, San Diego Unified School District
  • Roma Weaver, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  • Tony Young, RISE
  • Peter Zschiesche, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees

Mission: San Diego College of Continuing Education commits to student success and community enrichment by providing tuition-free, accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and support services to diverse learners in pursuit of lifelong learning, training, career advancement, and pathways to credit college. read more »