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Biography of Chancellor Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.

Cindy Miles

Dr. Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District since March 2009, has brought her commitment to student learning, focus on organizational quality and innovation, and inclusive management style to this progressive district of East San Diego County, California. Working with the district’s talented employees and an engaged governing board, Chancellor Miles balances service to students and community with the major budget challenges facing California’s community colleges. Extensive use of data, technology, and creative partnerships coupled with a robust vision for the future have this district moving constantly forward.

Miles is active in local, state and national organizations, including the American Association of Community Colleges, American Council on Education, Association of Community College Trustees, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, Global Corporate College, East County Economic Development Council, San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association, as well as a member of a number of foundations, associations, and chambers of commerce.

Miles came to the district from Miami Dade College, Florida, where she served as founding president of the Hialeah Campus. She served previously as Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College and as a faculty member, researcher, grants developer, program director, and senior administrator at community colleges in Texas and Colorado. Prior to work in higher education she served more than a decade in the allied health field as a medical technologist. 

Miles received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was recognized as Distinguished Graduate of the Community College Leadership Program; M.S. in secondary and higher education, minor in Biology, from Texas A & M University-Commerce; and B.A. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a national speaker, consultant, and writer on topics of student learning, diversity, and organizational quality, spirit, and innovation.


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