Dr. Kathie Sigler is the interim president of Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus. This bustling facility, housing numerous degree and certificate programs in the health care field, serves nearly 6,000 students on a 4.3-acre site at 950 N.W. 20th St., the heart of Miami’s medical district. In 2008, this important campus will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Sigler served as a Miami Dade College administrator for nearly 37 years before retiring. Her most recent position was as provost for operations, the institution’s chief operating officer. Prior to that appointment, she was president of Medical Campus. In addition, she has served as the college’s first chief information officer.
Sigler, who holds the academic rank of full professor at Miami Dade College, has played key leadership roles in the area of educational technology both nationally and in the Miami community. She is best recognized for her efforts to advance educational opportunity and her innovative approaches to teaching and learning using technology. Sigler was invited to serve as a member of the faculty at Harvard University for the Seminar for New Presidents to discuss “What Every President Needs to Know about Technology.” The University of Texas at Austin also invited her to serve as faculty for its doctoral training program for future presidents. She delivered the keynote address at the American Association of Community College’s national seminar on Taming Technology and was featured on the “Faces of COMDEX!” Web site.
A prolific writer, Sigler has authored more than 16 college and high school text books, including Reference Manual for the Office (now in its eighth edition), Medical Office Reference Manual (in its third edition) Multimedia Reference for Writers, her first CD-ROM. She has also written numerous journal and magazine articles, and has served on the boards of several professional publications.
Having a strong belief in community service, Sigler has served on many nonprofit boards, including The Public Health Trust, CaResource, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Health Initiatives Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the West Dade Homeowners Association.
Her awards are numerous. They include the Unsung Heroines Award from the City of Miami’s Commission on the Status of Women; Honorary Fallera from the governor of Valencia, Spain; the recognition of a “Dr. Kathie Sigler Day” from Miami-Dade Mayor Stephen Clark; and a commendation from Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre.
During her retirement, Sigler has served as president of Higher Education and Technology Consultants Inc. Her clients include Florida Power & Light Co. and The Wisconsin Technical College System.
Sigler holds an Ed.D. in Community College Administration and Curriculum Development from Nova Southeastern University (formerly Nova University). She is also an alumna of Wayne State University, where she obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her post-doctoral work includes completion of Harvard University’s prestigious Seminar for New Presidents and its Institute of Educational Management, as well as the Executive Leadership Seminar for Future Community College Presidents sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Berkeley, and League for Innovation in the Community College.