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Institutional Membership Nominees
Sunita (Sunny) Cooke
Jose Fierro
Maria Harper-Marinick
James Henningsen
Patricia Hsieh
Merrill Irving, Jr.
Vicki Hawsey Karolewics
Glenn Roquemore
William Serrata
Affiliated Council Nominees
Kevin Boys
Ronald Rhames
Jianping Wang

 Sunita (Sunny) Cooke 

POSITION: Since 2015 Superintendent/President of MiraCosta College in San Diego County, a public community college with four campuses in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Cardiff, California.

PREVIOUS: Served as president, Grossmont College; associate vice chancellor of workforce development, Lone Star System, TX; dean of sciences, health and wellness, Lone Star-Montgomery; director biotechnology institute, Lone Star-Montgomery; founding, full professor in biology and biotechnology, Lone Star-Montgomery.

AFFILIATIONS: Serves on national, state and regional boards including: National Academy of Sciences Board of Science Education; Educational Testing Services; Community College Survey of Student Engagement; Chair of California’s Strong Workforce Taskforce; California Community College Economic Development and Workforce Development Advisory Council;  President, San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association; San Diego Economic Development Corporation; San Diego Workforce Partnership Board (WIB); Biocom; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. Biology, Georgetown University; B.S. Biology, minor in Education, American University. Post-doctoral training, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

OTHER: Professor in the San Diego State University’s higher education doctoral program 2010-2015; Numerous presentations at state and national meetings including on topics such as transformative leadership, workforce and economic development, leadership development, strategic organizational development. Recent awards include the East County Chamber of Commerce C. Allen Paul award for innovative partnerships between business and education; San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business; Leap to Success, I Leap Award.

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