San Diego State Alumnus Selected for Top Position at Coachella Valley Desert College



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The current superintendent and president of Imperial Valley College has been offered the same position at the College of the Desert in Coachella Valley, it was announced this week.

The Desert Community College District Governing Board voted 3-2 to offer Martha Garcia the college’s top position following a nationwide search.

“We were delighted to meet three very strong finalists. I want to congratulate my fellow Board members as it was a difficult decision, ”said Board Chair Aurora Wilson. “Now we will go ahead and work together for the future success of the college.”

Garcia, who is scheduled to start her new job on August 20, has beaten two other candidates.

Garcia received a doctorate in education from San Diego State University. She also holds an MA in Educational Guidance from National University and a BA in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University.

She began her studies at the community college level, earning an Associate’s degree from Imperial Valley College in Imperial County.

She has worked at community colleges in California since 1999 and held several positions in student and academic services during this time.

While at Imperial Valley College, Garcia “developed numerous category-funded programs that focus on serving underrepresented students,” according to a COD statement.

She also has grant writing experience and has secured “over $ 20 million to support the creation of innovative programs and services” using this skill, the college said.

Former Superintendent and President Joel Kinnamon retired on March 31. He mentioned his desire to focus on family concerns related to his parents.

COD has expanded its footprint in the Coachella Valley since Kinnamon began his tenure over eight years ago, with the opening and expansion of satellite campuses in Indio, Mecca and Desert Hot Springs.

A new campus is expected to open in Palm Springs and the Indio campus is expected to be expanded, officials said.

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