|Julianna Barnes, Cuyamaca College's new president|
Barnes was selected following a nationwide search, and was one of three finalists invited to participate in public forums at the Rancho San Diego campus. She emerged as the top choice for president following interviews with district leaders and the Governing Board.
“The people at Cuyamaca College have a unique combination of heart and innovation,” Barnes said. “The faculty and staff at Cuyamaca are student-centered, and they love what they do. I’m looking forward to building on the partnerships that Cuyamaca College already has with the community, industry and other educators.”
Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, said Barnes’ passion and leadership skills stood out in her qualifications to lead the Rancho San Diego college, which has about 9,000 students. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Barnes, who served as vice president of student services at Cuyamaca College before taking the job at San Diego Mesa College in February 2013.
“I’m delighted to have Dr. Barnes back in our district,” Miles said. “She has amazing enthusiasm for helping students succeed and for collaborating with faculty and staff to ensure that students get the best education possible. Not to mention her competence and creativity. She has the perfect blend of head and heart!”