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Presidential Search

The Palomar Community College District Governing Board invites applications for the position of Superintendent/President. The Superintendent/President reports to an elected five-member Board that is seeking an individual with the personal and professional characteristics and qualifications as described herein.

With the considerable talents of dedicated faculty, staff, administrators, and Governing Board members, Palomar College has provided excellence in education and services to the community since 1946. We offer over 200 associate’s degree and certificate programs, as well as career training, non-credit, and personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.  Our faculty are award-winning scholars and practitioners, who are highly dedicated to the success of our students.  We have an extensive list of recognized programs, including those designed to serve disproportionately impacted populations.  Most recently our Transitions program, which provides currently and formerly incarcerated individuals a smooth transition into the Palomar College community, received the Higher Education award from the San Diego North Economic Development Council.

The College has been designated a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.  We serve a diverse population of 25,000 part-time and full-time students.  Sixty-three percent of our student body is within the traditional college student age range of 18-24.  Approximately 48% of our students are Hispanic, while 33% are White; 5% are Asian/Pacific Islander; 5% are multi-ethnic; 3% are African American/Black; 2% are Filipino; 1% are Native American; and 3.5% are unknown.

The District is roughly 2,500 square miles and serves one of the largest veterans and active duty student populations in California.  The main campus of Palomar College is in San Marcos, California, and there are Education Centers in the City of Escondido, and in the communities of Fallbrook in the northern portion of the District, and in Rancho Bernardo, which serves the southern region.  The City of San Marcos has experienced significant growth and business interest within the past few years.  San Marcos is perfectly situated 12 miles from the coast and 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, allowing easy access to everything Southern California has to offer and a mild climate year-round.

Due to an educational facilities improvement bond passed by voters in 2006, the District has designed and opened many new buildings, all built with sustainability in mind, and state-of-the-art technologies to better serve students and employees.   Many new construction projects are underway, as the remaining bond funds were recently allocated by the Governing Board.

For nearly 75 years, Palomar College has been serving the educational needs of the northern region of San Diego County.  The most recent economic impact report conducted by Emsi, an Idaho-based firm that specializes in analyzing colleges’ and universities' economic impact, determined the District as a $910.7 million contributor to the North San Diego County’s gross regional product annually.  In addition, the District added 1,709 jobs to its service area.

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