SAN MARCOS — The Joi Lin Blake era has begun at Palomar College, as the community college’s new president and superintendent was sworn in during the July 12 board meeting.
Blake, the former president of the College of Alameda, technically began her tenure the day before, but the board held her swearing-in ceremony at its regularly scheduled meeting.
The College board selected Blake after a yearlong process to find the permanent replacement for Robert Deegan, who retired from the college in June 2015. Adrian Gonzales, the college’s assistant superintendent/vice president of student services, served as interim leader until Blake took over.
Palomar board President Mark Evilsizer spoke of Blake’s “enthusiasm, professionalism and impressive record of leadership,” as he expressed excitement about working with her as the college moves forward.
Blake, a former San Diego resident, served in her position at the College of Alameda for one-and-a-half years. She has more than 30 years of experience in education, including stints at San Diego Mesa and Southwestern colleges.
Blake expressed excitement about working at Palomar College and appreciation for the warm welcome and help she has received so far.