Jeff Marsee was named the new superintendent/president of San Joaquin Delta College on Tuesday, following a nationwide search that lasted six months.
The Delta Board of Trustees selected Marsee, who is currently the president of the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, by a unanimous vote in a special meeting held on Tuesday at the Stockton campus.
Delta Trustee Taj Khan, who represents Lodi, said Marsee’s experience made him the right person for the job.
“I think he has a lot more experience, a lot more knowledge base,” Khan said. “He has worked in the community college system for a long time.”
Marsee signed a three-year contract with Delta College with an annual salary of $235,768. He will assume his role on May 1 and will be ready to get to work.
“I believe I can help Delta move to even higher levels of service to its communities,” Marsee said.
Dr. Susan Cota has been serving as Delta’s interim superintendent/president since August 2010, when she took over for Dr. Raul Rodriguez, who departed for a chancellorship in Southern California.
Khan believes the transition of finding and then having the college run by an interim superintendent/president, and then finding someone to fill the position permanently, has gone very smoothly.
“I think it is important to have a permanent president, but I think Dr. Susan Cota has done a pretty good job,” he said. “We have not lost a beat. I am very happy with the college and how things are running.”
Earlier this month, the search had been narrowed down to three candidates: Marsee; Dr. Kimberly Perry, the vice president of academic affairs at Los Angeles City College; and Dr. Kevin Walthers, the vice chancellor for administration for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
“All three candidates were just great. We were fortunate that we had a nice pool. I think there are a few things that (Marsee) brought, and certainly experience is one of them,” said Delta Trustee Steve Castellanos. “He was the only sitting president. The others were highly qualified, but he had years of experience, experience in difficult situations like what Delta is facing now with the economy and budget problems.”
The three candidates came to Delta to tour the campus and meet with faculty on Feb. 16. Each also answered questions in a one-hour forum with the public, students and Delta employees. Marsee said he felt like his session went well.
“I believe that I successfully communicated that my experience in instructional, student development and fiscal functions have prepared me for the Delta presidential position,” he said.
Marsee has served as the superintendent/president at College of the Redwoods since 2008. He has spent nearly three decades in education. His career includes serving as vice president of administrative services at El Camino College in Torrance, along with 21 years of experience as a vice president and vice chancellor of academic affairs and fiscal/business services at community colleges in Texas, New York and California (1974-2005). He has also taught at the community college and university levels.
Marsee said he was compelled to apply for Delta’s superintendent/president post because he was impressed with Delta’s “excellent instructional and student-retention reputation.”
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