A photo of Dr. Beatriz Gonazlez

Beatriz González, PhD

Wolfson Campus President for Miami Dade College

Previous to her work at MDC, she served as Chief Diversity Officer, Vice Provost, and Professor of Counseling at the University of La Verne (ULV) in California. As Vice Provost, she led initiatives supporting teaching and learning, with responsibility for sponsored research & IRB, community-based learning, faculty development, student affairs, advisement & registration, interfaith dialogue, career services, and tutoring services. As Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. González led advocacy, education, and policy development for an inclusive, equitable and enriched campus experience. At ULV, Dr. González also taught in the University’s graduate education and business programs, undergraduate leadership courses in a select international program, and was selected as inaugural faculty of the Terrence E. Deal Leadership Institute.  
Prior to La Verne, Dr. González served as the Vice President for Planning and Enrollment at St. Thomas University (STU) in Miami Gardens, FL. While at STU, she also served as an academic dean, a presidential chief of staff, and faculty member for graduate counseling programs. As Vice President, Dr. González was responsible for institutional research and strategic planning, enrollment, marketing and communications, student affairs, and athletics.  
Dr. González is an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, an E. Kika De La Garza Fellow (USDA), and was the recipient of the 2017 Woman of Distinction Award for California’s 41st Assembly District for her efforts in promoting educational access and quality. Dr. González is a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). She recently served on the YWCA- South Florida Economic Justice Council and currently serves the Social and Economic Development Council for the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, as well as the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Board of Directors.  

Dr. González’s expertise has been sought by the Metropolitan Universities Journal as guest editor, by The Campaign for College Opportunity as report reviewer, by ed-tech leader Ellucian as a leadership and strategy speaker, and by the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) and the American Academic Leadership Institute as a presidential panelist.  

With published works related to strategic planning, evaluation & assessment, leadership, diversity & equity, cultural & interfaith competence, and student development, Dr. González is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s in English, a Master’s in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education, with a concentration in Counseling. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. González was a certified teacher and counselor, serving Miami Dade County Public Schools for a decade.