Dr. Tim Dong, who was born in Hong Kong in 1941 attended Pueblo High School and graduated in 1960. Tim completed his BA degree in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles in 1964. He was awarded a graduate fellowship to the Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of California, Riverside where he earned his master’s degree in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Psychology.
After completing his Ph.D., he was awarded a National Institute of Health’s post-doctoral fellowship to study at the University of Toronto’s International Center for Cognitive Psychology Research. Tim was also awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Program on “Computer Science and in Social and Behavioral Science Research” at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
In 1980, Dr. Dong was appointed Assistant Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center where he administered the undergraduate Asian American Studies curriculum. In 1984, Dr. Dong went to the California State University Chancellor’s office to become an academic administrator. Tim served as coordinator of Affirmative Action Programs, State University Dean of Affirmative Action Programs and Assistant Vice Chancellor. In 1991, Dr. Dong became Associate Vice President/Dean of Students at California State University, Los Angeles.
In 1994, Dr. Dong was appointed President of Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California. He was the Chief Executive Officer of a three-campus community college district, where he launched service learning, which integrates serving community organizations with classroom learning. Dr. Dong was on the board of the San Diego United Way, the KOCT community and the National Conference San Diego Regent Board and was a founding member of Asian Pacific Americans in higher education and served as President in 2001-2003.