Dr. Vikash Lakhani came to Palomar from CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) where he served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Success/Student Affairs. During his tenure at CSUB, Dr. Lakhani provided leadership to numerous initiatives and programs that advanced the campus in meeting its student success goals. Some of his noted career accomplishments include his leadership on K-12 partnership programs including the launch of the University Promise at CSUB, partnerships developed with Bakersfield College including his leadership of the Finish in 4 Program and the Program Pathways Mapper, and his success in securing funding from external agencies including two large awards of over three million dollars each. He has extensive experience in working within Academic Affairs and Student Affairs within the California State University System and has provided leadership to numerous student services areas including Admissions, Financial Aid, Outreach, Academic Advising, Veteran’s Services, International Student Programs, and Grant Funded Programs. Moreover, Dr. Lakhani has experience in developing successful partnerships with Academic Deans, Athletics, and other Administrative Units at his previous institutions. Lastly, he came to Palomar with proven success in developing and implementing a data driven decision-making philosophy.
“I am honored and excited to be given this opportunity to serve Palomar College as its next Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Student Services. I whole-heartedly believe in the core mission of the Community College System and Palomar College. Throughout my career, I have personally chosen institutions that believe in access and success for “all” students which I know is highly valued at Palomar College. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of the Palomar College family as well as a part of the San Marcos family as a whole.”
Dr. Lakhani holds a BSc. in Information Technology from United States International University-Kenya, a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from CSU Bakersfield, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Fresno State University. Dr. Lakhani has a son who will be starting 1st grade this year. His wife is currently a full-time mom but has served previously as an Administrator at CSU Bakersfield. In his free time, Dr. Lakhani loves to spend time with family and be a part of the numerous milestones in his son’s life. Vikash’s hobbies include playing basketball, travelling, and swimming.