San Joaquin Delta College

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San Joaquin Delta College
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Omid Pourzanjani (active)
Location, ,
United States
Campus175 acres (71 ha)
ColoursGold and Black
AthleticsCalifornia Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) – Big 8 Conference

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.

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.[1]

Mountain House satellite campus[edit]

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 current president of the college is Omid Pourzanjani, Ed.D., who took over in August 2019.[5] 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 college trustees voted to release him from his contract on March 2, 2012.[8][9] Marsee had been a very controversial figure at Redwoods as well, and was noted as having a history of causing campus turmoil.[10]

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 to 2006, after he had a short career as a minor leaguer in the Boston Red Sox organization in 1966-67.[11] 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.[11] 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.[12] He is a former President of the CCCBCA, which established the Doyle Scholarship in his honor.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  13. ^ "2013 Pat Doyle Sholarship". California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. 2013. Archived from the original on 2020-01-03.
  14. ^ "Phil Coke Stats". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on 2020-01-03.
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  16. ^ Highfill, Bob (January 30, 2016). "Area ties that bind: SJ's Super Bowl legacy". The Record. Long list of local ties. Archived from the original on 2021-02-24. Bob Heinz, who went to Lincoln High and San Joaquin Delta College before he went to Pacific and became a member of the Miami Dolphins’ back-to-back Super Bowl title teams in 1972 and 1973.
  17. ^ "Dolores Huerta". Notable Alumni. California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Archived from the original on 2020-09-30.
  18. ^ "John E. Nisby, September 9, 1936 – February 6, 2011" (Obituary). Dignity Memorial. 2011.
  19. ^ Timms, Leslie (July 22, 1972). "From Swimmer To Footballer". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved 24 February 2021 – via Google News Archive.
  20. ^ United States Congress. "Norman David Shumway (id: S000393)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  21. ^ "Chronology". Viola Frey. Artists' Legacy Foundation. Archived from the original on 2020-10-24.

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