Jessica Robinson graduated from Mount Miguel Excessive Faculty and later Cuyamaca Faculty.
Now she’s been named the Rancho San Diego group faculty’s subsequent president after a nationwide search — the primary alumna to serve within the college’s prime management function.
A primary-generation Latina faculty graduate, Robinson was most just lately the East County faculty’s interim president and vice chairman of scholar providers.
“Jessica is a passionate, equity-minded chief with greater than 20 years of expertise in increased schooling,” mentioned Grossmont-Cuyamaca Group Faculty District Chancellor Lynn Neault.
“She has demonstrated a deep dedication to social justice, scholar success, and equitable entry not solely at Cuyamaca Faculty however in her former management roles at San Diego State College.”
Robinson, who was chosen by Neault, is anticipated to start her now everlasting job July 3.
Neault mentioned Robinson has introduced many strengths whereas serving as interim president, together with a collaborative management fashion, and in depth expertise in strategic and amenities planning, fiscal planning, and creating scholar help providers.
Robinson credit Cuyamaca Faculty with making a profound impression on her life as a scholar. These experiences positioned her on a path to her profession in increased schooling.
“Like many first-generation college students, I didn’t know what to anticipate from faculty; I began nervous and not sure,” she mentioned. “What I discovered as a scholar at Cuyamaca is that I belonged right here.
“In my function as president, I intend to create space so that each one of our college students know they belong right here too. I’m past proud to serve Cuyamaca college students and staff as president. That is actually a dream come true.”
After attending Cuyamaca, Robinson went on to earn bachelor’s and grasp’s levels in social work and a doctorate in academic management from SDSU.
Earlier than returning to Cuyamaca in 2018, Robinson served as assistant dean for scholar affairs and interim affiliate dean for educational affairs at SDSU’s Faculty of Well being and Human Companies. She has additionally taught on management, social work and group organizing at SDSU and the College of San Diego.
Robinson accomplished the distinguished Aspen Institute’s Rising Presidents Fellowship and the Group Faculty League of California’s Aspiring CEO Program.
As president of Cuyamaca Faculty, Robinson will present administrative oversight for the event and administration of the campus’ practically $61 million price range.
“She is going to proceed to deal with growing academic fairness by making certain that each one college students, no matter background, take transferable programs in English, math and English as a second language,” mentioned the district.
As president, the varsity mentioned, Robinson will attempt to construct again enrollment misplaced throughout the pandemic, develop Profession Education schemes together with championing a group faculty bachelor’s diploma in Water Research Expertise for the school, in addition to lead the implementation of a brand new strategic and amenities grasp plan.