Dr. Kate Alder as New Vice President of Instruction

Dr. Kate Alder

Dear Colleagues, 

I am pleased to announce Dr. Kate Alder is SDCE’s new Vice President of Instruction (VPI), 

pending approval by the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees on August 25, 2016. 

Dr. Alder will bring a tremendous amount of education and experience to the VPI position, and to SDCE. She is a veteran educator who has worked in various roles in adult and career technical education for the past 20 years. She presently serves as the Dean of Career Technical Education (CTE) at Cuyamaca College in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. In this capacity, Dr. Alder oversees 14 instructional programs in nine disciplines. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Alder worked as the Special Project Coordinator and CTE Grants Project Director at Irvine Valley College with the South Orange County Community College District.

During her six years as a college administrator, Dr. Alder has demonstrated leadership through innovative approaches to program growth, enrollment management, institutional effectiveness, regional collaboration, and student-centered instruction. In addition to administrative experience, Dr. Alder will bring diverse experiences with accreditation and as faculty in both adult education and community colleges for 15 years.

Dr. Alder completed her Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, with a minor in Career Technical and Adult Education, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Bachelor of Vocational Education (B.V.E.) from California State University-Long Beach; and an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from the City College of San Francisco.

Please join me in extending a sincere and warm welcome to Dr. Kate Alder, and congratulating her on this new position, which she begins August 15, 2016.






Carlos O. Turner Cortez, PhD



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