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Dr. Joanne


Dr. Joanne Bashford is a higher education services consultant and leadership coach for Achieving the Dream. She is passionate about helping all students have the opportunity to enroll, and most importantly, to succeed in their higher educational endeavors.

Dr. Bashford’s career in community colleges spans 25 years and includes serving as the president of Miami Dade College’s InterAmerican Campus, a diverse campus of 19,000 students in historic Little Havana, until retiring in 2017. In this role, she was responsible for the MDC’s School of Education as well as its Learning Resources departments. Prior to this role, Dr. Bashford served as associate vice president for developmental education and student success at Broward College and associate provost for institutional effectiveness at Miami Dade College. She initially joined ATD as a data coach in 2005.

Dr. Bashford developed strong ties with the community over the years while serving as vice chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, serving on the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Governmental Affairs Committee, collaborating with the Historic Trust for National Preservation on a Master Plan for the Little Havana community, and serving on the Boards of Viernes Culturales and Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center.

Ed.D. | Florida International University

M.Ed. | University of Pittsburgh

B.A. (Psychology) | University of Florida

Past Experience
President | Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus

Associate Vice President for Developmental Education and Student Success | Broward College

Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness | Miami Dade College

Data Coach | Achieving the Dream, Inc.

How has education changed your life/your family?

Education has opened doors, provided opportunities, and enriched my life in many ways. Dual enrollment courses in the local community college changed the path of my life by igniting a passion for learning and a drive to help others find that same passion. My college experience was not an easy one. I stopped out and returned several times, took breaks between each degree, and worked while enrolled like many of our students, but always treasured the experience of learning, growing, and expanding my world view. My work life has been devoted to helping others have positive experiences in higher education.

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