Dr. Constance Carroll

President and CEO, California Community College Baccalaureate Association

San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center (PIC) Board Vice Chair Dr. Constance Carroll founded and is president and CEO of the California Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCCBA), a nonprofit that provides assistance and opportunities for the state’s 116 community colleges to offer four-year degrees in fields that need more qualified workers.

Before CCCBA, Carroll was San Diego Community College District’s (SDCCD) longest-serving chancellor, retiring after serving 17 years as chief executive officer at the district. As chancellor, Carroll has been credited as the driving force behind the San Diego Promise, a program launched in 2016 with a cohort of 186 students. It has since expanded to help more than 4,000 students each year by providing cost-free classes and grants to help with textbooks and other materials.

Nationally, Carroll is in her 12th year of service as a contributing member of the National Council on the Humanities. She was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2011. At the state and local level, Carroll has served on various boards, including the League for Innovation, the Community College Humanities Association, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. and various committees.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in humanities from Duquesne University and a master’s and Ph.D. in the classics (ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Pittsburgh, Carroll began working as assistant professor of classics and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham (now the University of Southern Maine), which was creating a two-year college in York County.

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