The San Diego Community College District is pleased to announced that San Diego Mesa College has a new president: Dr. Pamela T. Luster.
Dr. Luster comes to Mesa College from Las Positas College in Livermore, California, where she has been serving as Interim Vice President of Academic Services. Dr. Luster's appointment is subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees at the district's governing board's May 26 meeting.
Dr. Luster brings considerable experience to her new leadership role at the San Diego Community College District's largest college. With student enrollment averaging between 22,000 and 24,000 each semester, Mesa College is one of the largest community colleges in California and the nation. Dr. Luster brings expertise in both instruction and student services. Prior to her current assignment at Las Positas College, Dr. Luster has served as Las Positas' Vice President of Student Services, as position she has held since 2003. From 2000 to 2003, she served as Dean of Academic Services, overseeing a number of programs and departments, including Humanities, Social Sciences, Library, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, ESL, Automotive and Welding Technology, and Athletics/Health/Physical Education disciplines.
Prior to her work at Las Positas, from 1981 to 1997, Dr. Luster held a number of positions at West Valley College (Saratoga, California), serving as Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development, Assistant Dean, Coordinator and Instructor in the Disabled Students Program, and Adjunct Instructor of Speech/Language and Learning Disabilities.
Dr. Luster earned a B A. and M.A. (Speech Pathology and Audiology) at San Jose State University; and an Ed.D. (Educational Leadership, with an emphasis on Community College Leadership) at Fielding Graduate University. She has numerous awards, presentations, and publications to her credit, and a substantial record of involvement in the local community and professional service.
According to district chancellor, Constance Carroll, “Dr. Luster will be a wonderful addition to the leadership team of both Mesa College and the San Diego Community College District. She is experienced in campus leadership; is known for her organizational skills; understands the multi-college environment; has an interest in innovation; is active in the state; is student-oriented; has excellent relationships with faculty and staff; respects participatory governance; is devoted to the community college movement; and has a refreshing sense of humor. We are fortunate to have her join our team.”
Dr. Luster is looking forward to her new professional role. "I am honored to serve as the next President of San Diego Mesa College. The college enjoys a stellar reputation of academic excellence and student success; together we can build on these accomplishments, embracing a shared affinity for diversity and equity as the foundation of our work. I join the college and community with an open heart and open mind, ready to lead and learn."
Richard Dittbenner, J.D.
Director, Public Information & Government Relations
San Diego Community College District
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