Pam Deegan began her career at California State University, Los Angeles, where she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in structural kinesiology and exercise physiology. She then moved to the California Community College system as a faculty member. Pam served for over 29 years in the California Community College system and over 36 years in higher education. 17 of those years were as a faculty member, while 19 were as an administrator. This later category included service as Dean of Instruction at Irvine Valley College and Santiago Canyon College; and Vice President of Instruction (CIO) at Miramar College, Mt. San Jacinto College, and MiraCosta College.
Pam believes that effective leaders share their expertise with their colleagues. For years, Pam has delivered sessions at local colleges and conferences on issues such as enrollment management, schedule development, and leadership, and is responsible for the training of new CIOs in the state with 2 other experienced CIOs.
Pam served as President of the Chief Instructional Officer for California. Perhaps her most notable contribution during her tenure as president was to work with the presidents of both the state Academic Senate for Community Colleges and the Chief Student Services Officers to develop the idea and plan for the Basic Skills Initiative for all of the 2.1 million students in the community college system.
Pam’s commitment to leadership was rewarded with the 2007 Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) Award for Administrative Excellence, an honor that culminated from nominations throughout the state. She also received the 2009 Carter Doran Award—the award that is granted to one CIO in California each year for leadership and vision.
Although retired, Pam continues to serve the community college system through training, writing manuals for administrative leaders, and assisting colleges when called upon.