Three Finalists Named in Palomar College Superintendent/President Search

 After conducting a nationwide search, the Palomar Community College District Governing Board has identified three finalists for the next Palomar College superintendent/president. The finalists in alphabetical order are: Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D., President, College of Alameda; Bryan Reece, Ph.D., Vice President of Instruction, Crafton Hills College; and Arturo Reyes, Ed.D., (a.b.d.), Superintendent/President, Mendocino College.

The finalists will participate in public forums on Wednesday, May 18 at Palomar College, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA in the Howard Brubeck Theatre. The first forum with Dr. Bryan Reece will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m.; the second forum with Dr. Joi Lin Blake will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and the third forum with Arturo Reyes will be held from 2:45-3:45 p.m.  The forums will be video recorded and available for viewing on May 19. Members of the public are welcome; those who wish to attend should obtain a visitor parking permit through the Palomar College Police Department, located in Lot 1.

Blake serves as President at College of Alameda. Her previous administrative positions include: Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College and Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College; and she served as Policy Assistant for the U.S. Department of Education, in the Offices of the Under Secretary of Education, and Vocational and Adult Education. Her faculty background includes: Academic Senate President and Professor/Counselor at Southwestern Community College. Blake received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science with a Minor in Spanish from San Francisco State University; and a Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.

Reece serves as Vice President of Instruction at Crafton Hills College. His previous administrative positions include: Dean of Academic Success and Institutional Effectiveness and Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Science at Cerritos College. His faculty background includes: Academic Senate President and Professor of Political Science at Cerritos College. Reece received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Master of Arts in Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Political Science all from the University of Southern California.

Reyes serves as Superintendent/President, Mendocino College. His previous administrative positions include: Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Solano Community College District; Interim President at San Jose City College and Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dean of Academic Affairs and Workforce Preparation/Economic Development at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office; and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Cosumnes River College. His faculty background includes: Professor of Spanish at Cosumnes River College and Secondary Spanish Instructor at Will C. Wood High School. Reyes received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a Sociology Minor and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Sacramento; and in fall 2016 he is expected to complete a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Davis.

More information about the candidates can be found at: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/presidentsearch/candidates/ .

The finalists were identified through a pool of applicants that were initially screened and interviewed by a search committee comprised of representatives of college constituent groups.  Adrian Gonzales has been serving in the role of Interim Superintendent/President since July 2015, following the retirement of President Robert P. Deegan. Gonzales will return to his previous position of Vice President, Student Services upon successful completion of the search process.

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