Friday, May 6, 2011

Dr. Mark Zacovic new Cuyamaca College president

Mark Zacovic
Dr. Mark J. Zacovic, now serving as executive vice president of instruction and student services at Victor Valley Community College, has been named president of Cuyamaca College effective July 1.
Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, said Zacovic’s energy and passion for educating students became clear during an extensive recruiting process.
 “He brings a deep background and understanding of California community colleges that will serve Cuyamaca well during this time of financial hardship brought on  by the state’s worst-ever budget crisis,” Miles said. “Dr. Zacovic’s breadth and depth of college leadership experience includes colleges of every size, both single-college and multi-college districts, and urban as well as rural districts.

Governing Board President Bill Garrett praised Zacovic’s appointment. 
“He is going to be a very valuable and very welcomed leader to take the college’s helm,” Garrett said. “He has a solid background in community college finance and leadership.”
Following a nationwide search, a 14-member committee of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community representatives screened and interviewed candidates for the college’s top post. The committee selected four finalists and public forums were held at Cuyamaca last month, where the candidates answered questions from faculty, staff and students. Each forum was followed by interviews by college organizations and the district’s governing board.
Before selecting Zacovic, a search team from the district visited Victor Valley College to talk with members of the campus community about Zacovic’s leadership.
“His distinctive reputation as an effective leader coupled with his ability to unite people to discover common ground is what clinched the deal,” Miles said.
Zacovic’s career highlights include the statewide Outstanding Chief Business Official award he received in 2006 from the Association for Chief Business Officials for California Community Colleges.
 “I’m looking forward to working with all the faculty and staff at Cuyamaca College,” Zacovic said. “It’s an innovative college with many dedicated people and exciting programs.”

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