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Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie

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Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie’s career includes over forty years in the California higher education systems. Ding-Jo retired in 2011 from Coast Colleges where she served as Chancellor overseeing three outstanding colleges in Orange County, California. She also served as President of Coastline Community College prior to her Chancellor role. Currently, Ding-Jo is the Distinguished Faculty of the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program and the founder and director of Leadership Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) at CSU Fullerton. LIFT aims to cultivate and develop leaders who will make a social impact in justice, equity, and inclusion from the ground up. Dr. Currie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in International and Intercultural Education and a master’s degree of Personnel Counseling from Wright State University. She has a Baccalaureate of Science Degree with double majors in Mathematics and Psychology from Manchester University. Having served in many key national leadership roles such as Board Chair of American Association of Community Colleges, Board member of American Council on Education, HERS, Air War University of the Air Force, Ding-Jo is still active on many national and local boards such as Manchester University Board, Emperor College Board, UCLC, Ferris State University’s Community College Leadership Advisory Board, and many more.