Adrian Gonzales has served as a faculty member and educational administrator within the California Community College system for over 20 years. He began his career in the community college system at College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA) in 1998 where he served as a faculty coordinator and director for TRIO Programs, dean for student support programs and services, and interim vice president for student affairs. Adrian joined Palomar College (San Marcos, CA) in 2013 as the assistant superintendent/vice president for student services where he provided oversight for admissions, counseling, financial aid, athletics, campus police, student government and clubs, and student support programs such as EOPS, DSPS, TRIO, GEAR UP, and student health and mental health services. During the 2014-2015 academic year he also served as Palomar College’s interim superintendent/president.
Adrian most recently joined San Diego Miramar College (San Diego, CA) in August of 2018 where he currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services. Founded in 1969, San Diego Miramar College serves approximately 14,000 students annually and is one of three colleges within the San Diego Community College District. In his role as vice president, Adrian provides oversight for outreach and admissions, counseling, financial aid, student affairs, student support programs, and student conduct.
Throughout his career, Adrian has been an advocate for college access and equity for students from diverse backgrounds. Prior to joining the community college system he began his professional career with the Ford Foundation (New York, NY) where he served as a Program Associate for the Education, Media, Arts & Culture Program. His work with the Foundation was focused on supporting grant-making efforts geared toward strengthening K-16 educational partnerships in several cities throughout the U.S.
Adrian is a native of Southern California, having been born and raised in the small agricultural community of the Imperial Valley. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis on education and social policy, from the University of Washington in Seattle.