The Board of Trustees of the San Joaquin Delta Community College District has named the two final candidates in the search for the district's new Superintendent/President.
The candidates are:
Dr. Omid Pourzanjani
Dr. Pourzanjani has served students for over 35 years at various higher education institutions in California. He has held positions as Lecturer, Professor, Academic Senate Officer, Department Chair, Instructional Dean, CTE and Workforce Development Dean, Enrollment Management Dean, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Chief Student Services Officer, Chief Instructional Officer, and Visiting Vice-Chancellor for the State Community College Chancellor’s office.
Concurrent to his work in higher education, Dr. Pourzanjani worked for 15 years in various executive leadership positions in high-tech private industry focusing on innovation, organizational efficiency, and effective budget management. Dr. Pourzanjani is a graduate of a California community college, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, and a doctorate in Education from UCLA.
Brenda Thames has over 20 years of experience in instruction, student services, and administration in California Community Colleges. She has served in a broad spectrum of positions including adjunct Faculty, tenured Faculty, Faculty Coordinator, Department Chair, Program Director, Dean, Vice President of Student Services, and Vice President of Instruction. President Thames presently serves as the President of West Hills College Coalinga.
President Thames earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management as well as fellowships with the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the UC Davis School of Education Center for Community College Leadership and Research. President Thames is a doctoral candidate in Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership at Oregon State University.
Campus forums introducing each candidate will take place on Monday, June 10. More details about the forums are available here.