Office Location: SEC-343
Department: Mission College
Daniel Peck comes to Mission College from the other side of the country, as a native from the state of Florida. Daniel pursued his education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated with highest distinction, earning a double major Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English. Daniel 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 along the way.
Moving to Mobile, Alabama for family, Daniel drew upon his experience with telephone survey centers as a trainer, manager and project director at Sears Home Central Parts Direct. Wishing to be back in the nonprofit and educational sectors, Daniel transferred to the United Way of Southwest Alabama, serving as the Associate Director for Applied Research and Special Projects. 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. Loving the nonprofit world, but missing education, Daniel made the difficult but happy decision to return to education as an institutional research analyst with the University of South Alabama. During this time, Daniel was very active in the community and was a foundational member of two local nonprofits in Mobile.
In 2005, Daniel moved to California to begin his responsibilities as the Research Analyst for Mission College. In this capacity, he led the activities of the research office, including preparation for the 2007 Accreditation Self-Evaluation, creation of program review data reports from the ground up, and development of new and updated Master Educational, Student Equity, and Staff Diversity plans.
Daniel remained with Mission College until 2009, when he accepted an administrative position overseeing Institutional Research at Foothill College. Daniel remained at Foothill for a brief period, returning to Mission to head the newly created Office of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness. His focus in this role has been on increasing the capacity of the office and improving access to data for the assessment of outcomes and effectiveness.
In 2012, Daniel assumed the Interim position of Vice President of Instruction, where he 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. Daniel has now moved into the position of College President with the goal of providing stability while continuing forward momentum.
Daniel has presented at the American Sociological Association and League for Innovation in the Community College. As someone who has been an instructor at the university level and also served as a classified staff member, Daniel believes in the importance of hearing all voices through the participatory process. Daniel is passionate about student completion and success, and firmly believes that student needs must always come first.
M.A., Sociology, Indiana University
B.A., Sociology and English (Double Major), Indiana University
Daniel enjoys travel, hiking National Parks, and exploring Disney theme parks.
"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called Research." ~ Albert Einstein