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Interim President Selected for Mission College

Daniel Peck, Mission College’s Director of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, has been named interim president of the college, replacing Laurel Jones, who left to head up Cabrillo College as president. Peck’s appointment was confirmed Aug. 6 by the West Valley-Mission Community College Board of Trustees.

Peck, who has served for the past six months as interim vice president of instruction at MC, was selected from among a small but exceptionally strong pool of candidates, said Chancellor Patrick Schmitt.

“What made Daniel the clear choice was his strong recent varied administrative experience, including as interim vice president” Schmitt said. “Also, as head researcher for Mission, he often was the president’s designee for meetings and other things. Given this background, he comes to the position of interim president with broad experience in administration. His experience has been very good at giving him the global understanding that a president needs. Additionally, he is known, respected and trusted by all campus groups.”

Schmitt said Peck’s primary duties as interim president will be to keep the college running smoothly and to carry forward the internal college initiatives already in progress.

“I’m definitely very honored and privileged to be able to serve in this capacity for what I consider to be one of the most outstanding institutions in Silicon Valley,” Peck said. “We have amazing faculty, staff and administrative groups here and hardworking, innovative and excited students. It’s those things that make me so excited to be able to serve in this position here at Mission College. My goal as interim president is really to keep the institution moving forward with initiatives already begun.”

Some of those, Peck said, include making sure the college is fully prepared for the upcoming accreditation self-evaluation and site visit, taking full advantage of the opportunities provided by the Student Success Act and further improving the integration of student services and instructional offerings. Additionally, he said, the college is in the midst of significant facilities construction and planning.

“We’re building momentum and I want to make sure that we follow through on all of these areas while continuing to support faculty and staff as they focus on our students, and teaching and learning services,” Peck said.

Peck, who has been research director for about three years, brings with him a wealth of experience in institutional, education and policy research. He began working in institutional research at the University of South Alabama, served four years as research analyst at Mission College, and later supervised institutional research for Foothill College before returning to MC.

Prior to working in institutional research, Peck guided applied research for the United Way of Southwest Alabama, including policy evaluation, community scans, community surveys and grants management. Peck has been an active member and presenter with professional organizations throughout his career. 

Peck holds a master’s degree in sociology from Indiana University, where he also worked within the Institute for Survey Research and taught both topic and statistics classes. His bachelor’s degree is a double major in sociology and English. 

Peck will serve at least until Jan. 1, 2014. A nationwide search for a permanent replacement for Jones will begin soon.