Constance Carroll

Dr. Constance M. Carroll has had a distinguished career in higher education. In 2004, she was appointed Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, after eleven years of distinguished service as President of San Diego Mesa College. With a total enrollment of over 100,000 students, the district is the second largest community college district in California and ranks sixth in the nation. The district also provides education to over 45,000 service personnel at numerous military bases across the country.

Prior to coming to San Diego, Prior to her service as chancellor, Dr. Carroll was president of three community colleges: San Diego Mesa College, Saddleback College, and Indian Valley Colleges.  She held administrative posts at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham (now the University of Southern Maine).

Constance Carroll holds a B.A. degree in Humanities from Duquesne University; an M.A. in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Pittsburgh; a Certificate of Proficiency in Hellenic Studies from Knubly University in Athens, Greece; and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh, with a dissertation on Ancient Greek tragedy.  She also attended the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

Constance Carroll’s professional history includes service on professional boards, numerous awards and publications. She has served on significant professional boards, including the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the League for Innovation, and is a past chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Accreditation remains one of Dr. Carroll’s key interests.

Constance Carroll’s affiliations have also included: the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); the California Council for the Humanities (as Chair); the San Diego Opera Board of Directors; the San Diego Youth Services Board; the San Diego Urban League Board; the Super Bowl XXXVII Host Committee, the Advisory Board of Ms. Magazine, and other organizations.  In 2007, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) presented to Dr. Carroll the national “Marie Y. Martin CEO Award.” In 1992, she was named “President of the Year” by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).  In 1998 and 2006, she was selected as one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch.”  In 2004, Dr. Carroll was given a “Visionary” Award for Economic Opportunity by LEAD San Diego and, in 2006, was selected for the “Community Service Award” by the San Diego Labor Council.

Constance Carroll is a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, and she serves on the Finance Council of the Diocese of San Diego.  Dr. Carroll is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.