President - Mission College
Daniel Peck has been Mission College’s President since July 2013. He has been a key administrative leader on the Santa Clara campus since 2010.
Peck is no stranger to Mission College or the California Community College system. Peck had two stints at Mission College, from 2005 to 2009, and again since 2010. He was named interim President in July 2013 and seven months later was rewarded the permanent position.
While at Mission College, Silicon Valley’s Community College has undergone several changes, with the naming and building of the Gillmor Center, Viso Student Engagement Center and Viso Kinesiology Sports Complex. The campus continues to be transformed with the passage of two recent bond measures which will create a new central plaza, a new business technology building, STEM Center and performing arts space.
Peck came to California from Alabama in 2005. He worked at Mission College as a research analyst from 2005 to 2009. As a leader in the research office, he prepared the 2007 Accreditation Self-Evaluation, created program review data reports from the ground up and developed or updated Master Educational, Student Equity and Staff Diversity plans.
In 2009 he accepted a position as the head of Institutional Research at Foothill College remaining there for a year, before returning to Mission College in 2010. In a short time at Foothill, he directed every aspect of the Research Office, providing dedicated services to the faculty, staff, and administrators.
He returned to Mission College in May 2010 as the Director of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. His focus was on increasing the capacity of the office and improving access to data for the assessment of outcomes and effectiveness. He remained in that position until January 2013 when he was promoted to Interim Vice President of Instruction. Peck oversaw preparations for the 2014 accreditation site visit, the hiring of nearly a dozen new full-time faculty, and the ongoing development of curriculum and degrees.
Six months later he was promoted to interim President of Mission College in July 2013.
A native of Florida, he pursued his education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated with the highest distinction, earning a double major Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English. Peck remained at Indiana to begin his career in education, serving as an instructor for Sociology and Statistics and working many years in the Center for Survey Research while taking an MA in Sociology. Following a brief post as a manager and project director at a corporate call center, Peck transitioned to the nonprofit world, serving with a local United Way in Southwest Alabama as the Associate Director for Applied Research and Special Projects for three years. His responsibilities included authoring and administering federal, state, local and private grants, heading the development of the 211 initiative, recruitment of donors, and acting as an agency spokesperson with community leaders. Missing education, Peck began his professional career in education at the University of South Alabama before moving to California.