Presidential Search Finalist
Dr. Don Miller
Dr. Don Miller is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Hondo College and also serves as current President of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO). During his time at Rio Hondo he has been responsible for all aspects of Academic Affairs at the College and his current efforts focus on student equity-focused strategic enrollment management (SEM), cross-institutional professional development efforts, and shared governance collaboration which will help lead the College into its future post-pandemic. His goal is to support all Rio Hondo students and college employees in finding success in their studies, their work, and in their personal lives as they are supported by campus leadership, constituency groups, and the community.
Prior to joining the Río Hondo family Dr. Miller was Vice President of Instruction at College of Alameda (COA) and served as Interim President of the College during summer/fall 2020. In his leadership roles at COA, Dr. Miller focused on student and employee equity, success, and professional development, strategic planning, enrollment management, construction management for new classroom and career technical education facilities, curriculum development, shared governance work, and accreditation processes (ISER and special report preparation). He also worked previously as Interim Vice President of Academic Services, as a Dean of the Division of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences, and dean of learning communities at Las Positas College.
Dr. Miller also spent 8.5 years as chair of large multicultural, multilingual departments of modern and classical languages at private and public universities, including CSU, Chico. He spent 20 years as an instructional faculty member in Spanish programs teaching courses in introductory and intermediate language, culture, speech and debate, social justice (human and civil rights in the Spanish-speaking world), Latin American Studies, theater, etc. As a faculty member he served as an academic senator, curriculum committee member, program coordinator, and in multiple campus shared governance roles. His publications and professional presentations focused on gender and sexuality of marginalized voices and their interpretation in culture, literature, art, and film in various historical contexts of the Spanish-speaking U.S., Latin America, Spain, and Equatorial Guinea.
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