Throughout his 30-plus-year career as an educator, Cassar has been committed to changing lives through community college education. As a first-generation college student and first-generation American, Cassar understands not only the importance of education, but the challenges students face as they attempt to negotiate their way through the college and university system.
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve MiraCosta College, our students, and community. The district has a solid tradition of excellence and I look forward to working alongside my board colleagues to ensure our students, no matter their goals, are successful in their educational journey,” explains Cassar. “We have a strong board and are committed to improving educational outcomes for all our students through the college's excellent faculty, administration, and classified professionals.”
Cassar grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology and sociology at the University of Michigan, and his master of science in counselor education at San Diego State University. A proud California resident since 1982, Cassar has worked as a counselor, psychology professor, and department chair at the San Diego Community College District since 1984.
David Broad, a retired biotech executive and former general manager of Genentech’s Oceanside location, has represented the northwest Oceanside community on the board since 2010. Broad has served as president of the Board of Trustees for the past four consecutive years and a total of five times during his nine-year tenure. Broad has been involved with MiraCosta since 2001, initially helping set up a biotech-certificate program to train workers for the IDEC/Genentech facility, and then with the MiraCosta College Foundation. After his retirement, Broad became the MiraCosta College Foundation – MCC– 2 board president and was active in raising money to help students meet their educational goals.
Both Cassar and Broad have children who have attended community colleges in California. T
he next meeting of MiraCosta College Board of Trustees is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, January 23 in the John MacDonald Board Room, Building 1000, on the Oceanside Campus (1 Barnard Drive).
About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta College District has served the coastal North San Diego County area for over 85 years. More than 21,000 credit students in over 70 disciplines enroll in associate degrees, university transfer and workforce readiness certificate programs. The college also serves a wide spectrum of educational needs in the region ranging from programs for adult education, basic skills, and ESL to a California Community College pilot program offering the nation’s first baccalaureate degree in biomanufacturing. MiraCosta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).