SDCE Selects First Vice President of Student Services

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure I announce Star Rivera-Lacey, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as the first Vice President of Student Services at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), pending approval by the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees on July 21, 2016.

Dr. Rivera-Lacey has over 20 years ofprogressive administrative and leadership experience in Student Services programs. She currently serves as the Dean of Counseling and Student Services at SDCE and will begin her new position on July 1, 2016. Her community college experience includes serving as the, Director of EOPS, CalWORKs, and Outreach at San Diego City College, Director of Student Support Services and Upward Bound at San Diego Miramar College, and Associate Professor/Counselor at San Diego Mesa College.

The extensive leadership and qualifications that Dr. Rivera-Lacey brings to SDCE includes developing and implementing innovative programs for diverse traditional, and nontraditional, student populations in both credit and noncredit educational settings. Her current scope of responsibility includes providing leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of key components of student services programs. Dr. Rivera-Lacey is also heavily engaged with integrated planning and provides leadership for the institution’s student success and equity efforts.

Star Rivera-Lacey, Ph.D.

Raised locally in Oceanside, Dr. Rivera-Lacey is proud to have started her post-secondary education at MiraCosta community college. She received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Marcos, and earned a master’s degree in Education, with an emphasis in multicultural counseling (Community Based Block) from San Diego State University. Dr. Rivera-Lacey also earned a Ph.D. in Education from the San Diego State/Claremont Graduate University joint doctoral program.

Dr. Rivera-Lacey lives in San Diego with her husband. She enjoys photography and is a first-degree black belt in Shorin Ryu karate. Please join me in congratulating her on this promotion, and celebrating with SDCE as the leadership expands with knowledgeable experts who are committed to student success.

Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D.


 @SDCE President

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