Economic Development Dean
Dr. Deborah diCesare, Dean of Academic Affairs and Economic Development
Dr. Deborah diCesare serves as Dean of Academic Affairs and Economic Development. Her responsibilities include CalWORKs, Citizenship Center, GED Prep, Continuing Education Noncredit, Extension, Family Resource Center, General Tutoring, Job Training and the Workforce Development Department, Math Department and Math Tutoring Lab, Personal Development, Service Learning,The Writing Center. Preparing All Students for Success, The Basic Skills Action Plan, Math Accelerated Pathways to STEM. She is the Grants Committee chair.
Deborah provides leadership and supports the planning, development and implementation of a comprehensive educational response to the needs and expectations of business, industry, the community and its organizations. In this capacity, she represents Valley College at various organizations such as the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Valley Economic Development and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. Additionally, she serves as the governmental relations liaison for the college.
Dr. diCesare has more than twenty years’ experience in higher education as an administrator and a lecturer in international and domestic business practices, organizational development, strategic planning, intercultural communications and human rights for Soka University, Antioch University, Pepperdine University, Hometown Buffet, World Trade Center Association, among others. She has presented at conferences on the topic of leadership for the Association of California Community College and on student success at the national Achieving the Dream, DREAM Institute. Dr. diCesare has published articles in The Business Renaissance Quarterly and the Seikyo Shimbun newspaper.
Deborah holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of LaVerne, a master’s degree in organizational management from Antioch University and a bachelor’s in business administration from Pace University.
Dr. diCesare’s efforts are grounded in student-centered principles and driven by collaboration, systematic evaluation and planned improvement. She is guided by her personal philosophy to lead a contributive life.