Augustine Gallego, chancellor emeritus for the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), serves as a board member of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington, D.C. Since joining the independent, nonprofit organization in 2006, he continues to help lead IHEP in its dedication to increasing access and success in postsecondary education around the world.
Gallego served as chancellor of the SDCCD from 1990 to 2004. During his tenure, he earned a reputation as a national leader in higher education, and was named by Change magazine as one of the 21 most influential higher education senior leaders in the United States. He recently completed a one-year term as chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), the largest higher education advocacy organization in the nation, representing 1,800 colleges and universities. He was only the second community college chief executive in the 85-year history of ACE to lead that organization. In 1998, he served as chair of the American Association of Community Colleges, which represents over 1,100 community colleges that enroll more than 10 million students.
As chief executive officer of one of the largest community college districts in the United States, he has led the development of numerous innovative programs, including public and private partnerships to more effectively and efficiently serve students and the community. The college district serves more than 100,000 students each semester at three colleges—City, Mesa and Miramar, and six Centers for Education and Technology. The district serves over 35,000 U.S. Navy personnel in technical training programs located on military bases throughout the nation and Europe. In addition, all new U.S. Navy recruits—56,000 a year—receive two days of training from the SDCCD in personal financial management. The SDCCD’s Regional Public Safety Institute serves 8,000 people a year in law enforcement, firefighting, lifeguard and emergency medical technician training.
Gallego is a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum and served on the board of directors of ACT, Inc. In 1991, he was appointed by then Michigan Governor John Engler to serve with 12 governors and representatives of business and higher education on the National Governor’s Association taskforce on competitiveness.
Gallego is currently working on the Community College Initiative, Achieving the Dream, based at the University of Texas at Austin and the Salzburg Seminar’s International Studies Program. Among his community service activities in the San Diego region, Gallego chairs the board of directors of the San Diego Dialogue public policy organization based at the University of California, Member Board of Trustees University of San Diego and he serves on the board of directors of the International Community Foundation. He serves on the executive boards of the United Way of San Diego County, San Diego Urban League, New Americans Immigration Museum, and the Hate Crimes Task Force. Gallego is a board member of the Commission on Children, Youth and Families. He continues his commitment to building better communities and efficient use of resources through joint use of community college facilities.
Gallego’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona, a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Davis, completion of the Executive Management Program at the University of California at Davis and graduate work at Northern Arizona University and Point Loma College.