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Tim Flood, a community college leader who has held several top administrative posts in San Diego County, is the new vice president, administrative services at the MiraCosta Community College District.

MiraCosta College’s vice president, administrative services is a newly created cabinet position to better align the district’s organizational structure with other California Community Colleges. Separate from human resources, it allows for a vice president to manage fiscal services, investments, contracting, purchasing, capital construction, and facilities/infrastructure planning, and maintenance.

Flood, who has been vice president of business and financial affairs at Southwestern College since January, 2016, steps into his new post at MiraCosta College on January 24 (pending approval from MiraCosta College’s Board of Trustees). He will be playing a critical role in managing MiraCosta College’s $455-million Measure MM bond that voters approved in 2016 to modernize facilities, improve veterans’ services, and boost access for students with disabilities.

“I am honored to have been given this wonderful opportunity to work with the dedicated administrators, faculty, and staff at MiraCosta College to support the students of North County,” Flood said. “The governing board and college leadership have a vision for services and facilities that has earned MiraCosta admiration statewide. I am excited to be a member of this dynamic college.”

Flood embodies the success of the California Community Colleges system. He was working as a groundskeeper at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon when he decided to enroll at Grossmont College in his late 30s. After earning an associate degree at Grossmont, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in public administration from National University.

Flood was hired as director of campus facilities, operations and maintenance at Grossmont College in February, 2001, and was later named as vice president of administrative services at the El Cajon campus. When then-Grossmont College president Sunita “Sunny” Cooke left Grossmont to serve as superintendent/president at MiraCosta College in 2014, Flood led the college as interim president until a national search for a permanent replacement was completed.

While at Grossmont College, Flood, 56, was the liaison for districtwide implementation of the repair and renovation of aging buildings and construction of new facilities at the campus that were funded through Proposition R, a Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District $207-million facilities bond approved by voters in 2002, and Proposition V, the district’s $398-million facilities bond passed in 2012. His efforts at Grossmont led to his being awarded the President’s Leadership Award in 2013.

“Tim Flood applies his years of experience, intellect, integrity and commitment to the mission of community college daily. Over the years, he has become one of the most respected chief business officers in California” said Cooke. “MiraCosta College is very fortunate to be able to add such a talented leader dedicated to the success and well-being of all the students whose lives we transform.”

He remained at Grossmont until January of 2016, when the Southwestern Community College District in Chula Vista hired him as its vice president of business and financial affairs. He served as acting superintendent/president of Southwestern College after Superintendent/President Melinda Nish left the college the following June. While at Southwestern, Tim was responsible for securing the passage and managing $798 million of facilities bonds approved by the voters of the South County.

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of 115 in the California Community Colleges system and includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Leucadia, Encinitas, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and parts of Camp Pendleton. It operates the Oceanside Campus, the San Elijo Campus, the Community Learning Center in Oceanside, and the Technology Career Institute in Carlsbad.

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