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Palomar College has a new president Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D.



Newly appointed Palomar Community College Superintendent/President Joi Lin Blake.

Newly appointed Palomar Community College Superintendent/President Joi Lin Blake.

The Palomar Community College District Governing Board voted Tues­day, June 14 to appoint Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D. as the new Superintendent/Pres­ident of Palomar College. Blake has over 30 years of progressive adminis­trative and leadership experience and is currently president at College of Alameda in the Peralta Community College District, where she has served for 1 1/2 years. Blake will begin her duties at Palomar on July 11.

“We are excited that Dr. Blake will be joining Palomar College as our 10th Superintendent/President,” said Mark Evilsizer, Palomar Community College District Governing Board President. “Her enthusiasm, profes­sionalism and progressive leadership will help steer the college into the future, as we continue to provide the highest level of educational excel­lence for the region.”

The new president’s leadership skills and qualifications include ex­perience developing and implement­ing innovative programs for diverse traditional and nontraditional student populations in credit, non-credit and contract education programs. Her scope of responsibilities has included providing leadership for the develop­ment, implementation and evaluation of key components of instruction and student services programs.

Blake is known as a progressive leader who utilizes organizational change strategy as an essential tool to achieve institutional outcomes and effectiveness. She has provided lead­ership for national, district and cam­pus wide strategic planning initia­tives, working closely with campus and community constituents to ensure programs and services are strategi­cally and systematically aligned with the institutional priorities outlined in the district/campus strategic plan, ac­creditation requirements, education/ facilities master plan, student learn­ing/ service area outcomes, planning and research data.

“I view this position at Palomar College as an opportunity of a life­time,” said Blake. “When I look at the vision for the college and its core values, I am excited to begin this new journey. I look forward to working with the outstanding facul­ty, staff and administrators and with the community-at-large. Together, I know that we can continue to provide the finest quality education for North San Diego County and that together, we can help each student achieve his or her personal academic goals.”

Blake’s previous administrative and leadership positions include Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College; Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College; and In­terim Dean of Instructional Support Services, Interim Staff Development Coordinator, and Academic Senate President at Southwestern College. She also formerly served as a tenured professor/counselor.

At the national level, Blake served as Policy Assistant for the U.S. De­partment of Education, in the Offices of the Under Secretary, Dr. Martha Kanter, and Vocational and Adult Ed­ucation. She has served on the state­wide Chief Student Services Officers Board and currently is treasurer on the International Education Board.

Blake’s accomplishments include the development and implementation of a number of successful partner­ships between education and com­munity organizations. Such organiza­tions include a nationally recognized African American/Latino Male Lead­ership Summit, the Alameda Cham­ber of Commerce, American Associa­tion of University Women (AAUW), BART, Alameda League of Women Voters, Perforce Technology, Girls, Inc.-Alameda, NPOWER, Tenacity 10 Lacrosse, and Tesla Motor.

Within the first eight months of her presidency at Alameda, Blake was responsible for resource growth in excess of $800,000. Under her leadership, the College of Alameda will launch the College of Alameda Promise Program in fall 2016 for Alameda High School graduates. Students will attend the first year of college free; this initiative supports President Obama’s College Promise Program. Additionally, Blake has served as a guest speaker on financial capabilities initiatives for Achieving the Dream, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Annie E. Casey Founda­tion National Conference.

She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Post- Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Health Science and a minor in Spanish from San Francisco State University.

Blake replaces Adrian Gonzales, who was appointed as Interim Su­perintendent/ President when former Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan retired in June, 2015. Gon­zales will return to his previous posi­tion as Vice President, Student Ser­vices.


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