MiraCosta College Welcomes a New Trustee to the Board, Heather Conklin, Filling the Vacancy in Trustee Area 7

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MiraCosta College is proud to announce the appointment of a distinguished new member to its Board of Trustees, Heather Conklin, effectively filling the notable vacancy for Trustee Area 7. This appointment marks the culmination of a comprehensive search process to find a successor to uphold the standards of leadership and commitment demonstrated by Dr. William "Bill" Fischer.

Dr. Fischer, who dedicated his career to education as a professor and honorably served the MiraCosta College community for 13 years, stepped down from his position effective January 2, 2024, for personal reasons. The Board extends its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Fischer for his dedicated service and impact on the college and its representation of central Oceanside. Conklin assumes the role with a commitment to advance the mission of MiraCosta College. 

Conklin has a rich experience background and a deep-seated dedication to fostering educational excellence and community engagement. Currently serving as a Deputy Director of Policy, Outreach, and Data for the County of San Diego, she excels in leading initiatives for legislative review, community engagement, and data-driven policymaking. With prior experience as a District Director for the California State Assembly, she has a proven track record of effective collaboration on legislative projects. A committed advocate for public engagement in science, Conklin co-founded the Science Communication Journal Club, fostering innovative communication strategies. Her dedication to community service is demonstrated through voluntary leadership, organizing community events, and supporting local non-profits.

Holding advanced degrees in public administration and political science and pursuing a Ph.D. in social psychology, Conklin Holding advanced degrees in public administration and political science and pursuing a Ph.D. in social psychology, Conklin’s academic achievements complement her professional experience. Conklin is uniquely poised to contribute to MiraCosta College’s progress, focusing on sustainable, just, and equitable policymaking.

Upon accepting the appointment, Conklin expressed her gratitude and eagerness to contribute, stating, "I am honored to join the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees and serve our vibrant community. Education has the power to change lives, and I am committed to ensuring that MiraCosta College continues to be a place of opportunity, inclusion, and excellence. I look forward to working alongside my fellow board members to advance the college's mission and impact."

The process of selecting Conklin was rigorous and transparent, involving a public solicitation for applications, a review of candidates’ legal qualifications to hold office, open and public interviews, and then each member of the Board of Trustees individually ranking the candidates following the interviews and in the public meeting. Per the College’s established process, the candidate who received the highest ranking, Conklin, was appointed to the seat and sworn into office. The Board is confident in Conklin’s ability to significantly contribute to the governance and strategic direction of MiraCosta College. 

Rick Cassar, the Board President, expressed enthusiasm about the new appointment, stating, "We are delighted to welcome Heather to the MiraCosta College Board of Trustees. She brings a wealth of experience and a proven commitment to excellence in education that aligns perfectly with our mission and values. This appointment marks a new chapter in MiraCosta College’s 90 years of providing transformative education and serving our community."

Conklin's appointed term will run until November 2024.

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