MiraCosta College announces new vice president of institutional advancement


Shannon Stubblefield, MiraCosta College’s new vice president of institutional advancement. (Courtesy photo)

North Coast Current

MiraCosta College will have a new vice president of institutional advancement starting June 1.

Shannon Stubblefield, who has an extensive background in fundraising and developing community partnerships, joins the Oceanside-based college district after 10 years as chief philanthropy officer for local nonprofit North County Lifeline.

Stubblefield replaces Cynthia Rice, who retired in 2021. MiraCosta College has campuses in Oceanside and Cardiff in addition to learning centers in Carlsbad and Oceanside.

“We are excited to have Shannon as part of the MiraCosta team,” MiraCosta College Superintendent/President Sunita V. Cooke said in a May 19 news release. “Her knowledge and experience will serve generations of students well into the future as we seek to strengthen our partnerships with the community and continue to build support for our students and our college.”

As vice president of institutional advancement, Stubblefield will oversee MiraCosta College’s foundation, institutional advancement efforts and marketing.

Stubblefield said that she looks forward to helping those who are trying to improve their lives through education.

“MiraCosta has a phenomenal reputation in our community,” Stubblefield said in the college’s news release. “I know how many students come to MiraCosta for access to education. We can support those students by raising money for scholarships and by partnering with community members who want to support students.”

The Southern California native holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from San Diego State University. In 2001, a job with the nonprofit Infoline, now 2-1-1 San Diego, built an interest in fundraising and philanthropy, according to MiraCosta’s announcement. That led Stubblefield to earn a master’s degree from the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership program.

“I love the joy of working in a job that was really giving back and making a difference every day,” Stubblefield said in the college’s news release. “Being in the field of philanthropy surrounds me with people who have a shared vision and motivation to help others and really make a difference in people’s lives.”

In addition to her experience with North County Lifeline, Stubblefield worked for six years in Chicago at the McCormick Tribune Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. She is a past board president of the North County Philanthropy Council and has taught fundraising as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego and North Park University.

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