San Joaquin Delta College

San Joaquin Delta College is a public community college in Stockton, California. It was founded in 1935 as Stockton Junior College.[1] With over 100 career and degree certificate programs, Delta College is a low-cost option for students in California's Central Valley wishing to learn a new trade, upgrade their skills, or earn transfer units to four-year colleges and universities.

San Joaquin Delta College
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Omid Pourzanjani (active)
Location, ,
United States
Campus175 acres (71 ha)

In 2019, Delta College was named the No. 1 community college in California and the No. 4 community college in the nation by personal finance website WalletHub.[2]


The college provides transferable Associate of Arts degree programs, such as Transportation, Logistics,[3] and others, such as liberal arts, and social sciences. The college also offers certificates in career technical education fields ranging from accounting to welding.[4] While the college's main campus is in Stockton, the college typically serves about 24,000 students each year from a geographic area larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware.[5]

Mountain House satellite campusEdit

In August 2009 San Joaquin Delta College opened a satellite campus in Mountain House, San Joaquin County, California. The campus is more commonly known as the South Campus at Mountain House, and is located at 2073 S. Central Parkway in Mountain House. It consists of 24 portable buildings, most of which serve as classrooms. It also has an administrative building and a student lounge.


The active president is Omid Pourzanjani, Ed.D., who took over in August 2019. Dr. Pourzanjani—an immigrant and first-generation college student—spent nearly 25 years at Golden West College in Southern California, and has held positions as professor, Academic Senate officer, department chair, instructional dean, liaison officer and vice president of instruction and student learning. He was also a visiting vice chancellor at the California Community College Chancellor's Office before arriving at Delta College.

Kathleen Hart, Ph.D., served as president from 2012 until her retirement in 2019. She led the college to successful reaccreditation in 2014 and was known for her involvement in the community.[6]

Jeffrey Marsee, Ph.D., was the president at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California for three years before coming to Stockton. By January 2012, the faculty had conducted a vote of "no confidence" against Marsee.[7] Eventually, Marsee was placed on leave in February, officially tendered his resignation, and was released from his contract by February 29, 2012.[8] Marsee had been a very controversial figure at Redwoods as well, and was noted as having a history of causing campus turmoil.[9]

Susan Cota, the former chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, served as Interim President from July 2010 to May 2011.

Raul Rodriguez served as President from July 2002 to July 2009. He was previously the president at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California and acting president at San Jose City College in San Jose. He left to become the Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District in Santa Ana.

Ed Gould served as President from February 2000 to January 2002. He was previously a vice chancellor at the California Community College Chancellor's Office in Sacramento, California, president at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey and Victor Valley College in Victorville.

Pat Doyle was head baseball coach of San Joaquin Delta College from 1976-2006, after he had a short career as a minor leaguer in the Boston Red Sox organization in 1966-67.[10] He later was global coordinator for Major League Baseball's envoy program, coached the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in 1990 and 1991, coached Team USA in the 1994 Baseball World Cup, managed the British national team in the 2010 European Championship, and guided Team Israel in the 2011 European Championship Qualifiers.[10] He is a member of the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame, the Lodi Athletic Hall of Fame, and the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) Hall of Fame.[11] He is a former President of the CCCBCA, which established the Doyle Scholarship in his honor.[12]

Notable alumniEdit


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  3. ^ "San Joaquin Delta College at Stockton, California - Transportation Education". Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Certificate Programs". San Joaquin Delta College. 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  5. ^ "The History of Delta College". San Joaquin Delta College. 2018-04-15. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  6. ^ "Delta College President Kathy Hart to retire in September". San Joaquin Delta College. 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  7. ^ Alex Breitler. "Delta College president gets 'no confidence' staff vote". Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Delta Releases Jeff Marsee". 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  9. ^ Alex Breitler. "Delta ignored warning signs". Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  10. ^ a b Meet the Speakers of the DBV/ISG Convention 2014: Pat Doyle (USA) - Baseball - Mister Baseball
  11. ^ New Foundation Members
  12. ^ 2013 Pat Doyle Sholarship - California Community College Baseball Coaches Association
  13. ^ "Phil Coke Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "NFL Alumni". California Community Colleges Chancelor’s Office. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  15. ^ "Dolores Huerta - Co-founder, United Farm Workers". California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  16. ^ "In Memory of John E. Nisby". Frisbie Warren & Carroll Mortuary. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "From Swimmer To Footballer". Herald-Journal. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  18. ^ SHUMWAY, Norman David, (1934 - ), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  19. ^ "Viola Frey | Chronology". Retrieved 2019-12-10.

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