Interim Associate Dean, Student Services, San Elijo Campus
Cynthia Rice joined the MiraCosta College Development and Foundation Office as its new Development Officer in July 2011. She is responsible for managing and developing the President¹s Circle program, the college's $1,000+ gift club. She is also responsible for coordinating special events and attracting new donors in support of scholarships for deserving students, activating new and innovative academic programs, and/or enhancing college outreach to the community.
Cynthia has considerable experience in higher education administration having served as coordinator of MiraCosta College¹s Institute for International Perspectives from 1990 – 1999, and earlier as coordinator of Student Activities at the University of California, San Diego. From 1999 to 2002, Ms. Rice served as director of Educational Programs at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While there she was responsible for generating gifts to support her program and for stewarding donors. She left the Carter Center to help build a successful family owned real asset management firm in Atlanta, Georgia that landed a lucrative/multi-year government contact in 2004.
She graduated from Aliant International University with a master¹s degree in International Relations with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies, from National University with a bachelor¹s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and attended Pepperdine University¹s Organizational Leadership Program. She is a licensed real estate professional and recently served as a volunteer election monitor in Ghana and Guyana as part of the Carter Center¹s observation delegations. She has served in various capacities in professional organizations, such as Hands on Atlanta's citizens Academy Board of Directors and NASFA: International Affairs as Regional Conference Chair. Her involvement in her community while living in Oceanside, California between 1990 and 1999 earned her a seat as a board of directors¹ member for the Oceanside Sister Cities foundation from 1992 through 1998 and also recognition as North San Diego County's NAACP Woman of the Year.