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Student Services

Dr. Star Rivera-Lacey currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Student Services at Palomar College. Dr. Rivera-Lacey is the executive administrator who provides leadership and support to the College’s athletic programs, counseling services, admissions and records, campus safety, and student life.

Dr. Rivera-Lacey has over 20 years of progressive administrative community college leadership experience in Student Services and Instructional programming. Her experience includes serving as the first Vice President of Student Services at San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), the noncredit division of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). SDCE is the largest noncredit institution in the state and serves approximately 45,000 students yearly across 7 campuses in the San Diego Metropolitan Area. Dr. Rivera-Lacey’s professional experience also includes serving as the Dean of Counseling and Student Services at SDCE, the Director of EOPS, CalWORKs, Price Scholars, and Outreach at San Diego City College, Director of TRiO at San Diego Miramar College, and as a tenured Counseling Faculty member at San Diego Mesa College. Previous to entering the Community College system, she worked as an Upward Bound Director for a community based organization and as a Secondary School Advisor for Migrant Education in the Oceanside Unified School District. Dr. Rivera-Lacey also has extensive experience teaching at both the community college and in graduate level counseling programs.

Her leadership skills and qualifications include experience in developing and implementing innovative programs for diverse traditional and non-traditional student populations in both credit and noncredit community college educational settings. Her scope of responsibility includes providing leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of key components of student services programming. Dr. Rivera-Lacey is also heavily engaged with integrated planning and provides leadership for student success, guided pathways and equity efforts.

Her long list of professional accomplishments include being a 2018 National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Fellow and participant in the 2017 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Institute for Vice Presidents.

Dr. Rivera-Lacey was born and raised in North County (Oceanside, California) after her parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. She started her post-secondary education at MiraCosta Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Marcos. She also possesses a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in multicultural competent counseling (Community Based Block) from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Education from the San Diego State/Claremont Graduate University joint doctorate program. Her dissertation and current research interests focus on the academic experiences of Latinx, low-income, first-generation, community college students.


Star Rivera-Lacey, Ph.D.

Star Rivera-Lacey, Ph.D.