Dr. Constance Carroll is a trailblazer as the first woman to become Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. She led the successful statewide effort to provide equitable funding for community colleges and is an activist in improving educational opportunities for women, minorities, and disadvantaged students. It is for these reasons that she is being inducted into the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame as a Trailblazer.
Constance has had a distinguished career in higher education. In 2004, she was appointed Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, after eleven years of service as President of San Diego Mesa College. The San Diego Community College District is composed of City College, Mesa College, and Miramar College; the district is the second largest community college district in California, it has a total enrollment of 130,000 students, and it ranks sixth in the nation.
Constance holds a B.A. degree in Humanities from Duquesne University; an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Pittsburgh; and a Certificate of Proficiency in Hellenic Studies from Knubly University in Athens, Greece.
Constance serves on several national boards, has won numerous awards, and has authored many academic publications. In 2011, she was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities. Constance currently serves on the boards of the University of San Diego, the San Diego Foundation, the League for Innovation, and the Community College Humanities Association. In addition, she has received numerous awards honoring her contributions to the field of education. Constance continues her work as a Trailblazer through her commitment to equalize access to education.