Robert P. Deegan
Robert P. Deegan is the ninth
Superintendent/President of Palomar College and the
Palomar Community College District. He was appointed
by the Governing Board in December 2004.
Mr. Deegan is responsible for the oversight
of San Diego County’s largest single-campus
district, with more than 33,000 students.
He has devoted his energies to ensuring that
the campus provides innovative educational
opportunities for the communities served.
In his years with Palomar, the
College successfully secured the passage of
Proposition M, a $694-million general obligation
facilities bond measure.
This measure will provide renovations to the
San Marcos campus. It also will fund the development
of a North Education Center in Fallbrook and a South
Education Center in the southern region of the
In addition to the extensive
development of new and renovated buildings, Mr.
Deegan has focused his efforts on addressing the
changing needs of students and the community.
During his tenure, the College has
experienced record enrollments, as well as record
numbers of students receiving certificates and
He has worked extensively with campus leaders to
develop a collaborative environment to support the
College’s mission of student success.
Mr. Deegan came to Palomar from
Santiago Canyon College in Orange County where he
served for six years as Vice President of Student
Prior to his position at Santiago Canyon, Mr.
Deegan was a faculty member at Irvine Valley
College, where he taught and counseled for 19 years,
held many leadership offices, and was selected twice
to fill one-year terms as Interim Vice President of
Student Services. He also worked as a counselor at
California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Mr. Deegan’s higher
education began at Rio Hondo College in Whittier,
CA. He earned
both his bachelor’s degree in psychology and
master’s degree in counseling at San Francisco State
University. He is currently completing work on a
doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in
community college leadership at Oregon State