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Palomar Community College DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Rose Marie Dishman

Retired Educational Executive
83,349 votes (15.23%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enhanced student outcomes
  • Neighborhood and community partnerships with expanded campuses
  • Recognition of the quality of faculty, administration and facilities of Palomar College leading to student success



Profession:College level professor / Regional VicePresident of DeVry Inc.
Former Member Palomar Community College Board of Governors, Board of Governors Palomar Community College — Elected position (2008–2012)


San Diego State University MBA , Program Development (1985)
University of California Riverside PhD in Physics University of California, Riverside CA, High energy particle physics (1972)



ROSE MARIE DISHMAN   Ph.D./MBA                                   


Educational Executive 




Hi, my name is Rose Marie Dishman and I am running for election to the Governing Board of Trustees for Palomar Community College because I believe that I have the qualifications, experience and dedication to focus on student outcomes and efficient expenditure of the $694 million authorized by the voters for facilities modernization and expansion of the Palomar system.


My qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in Physics, an MBA, and over 35 years of academic leadership and college level teaching.  I have a proven track record of successful academic program and facilities development.  At United States International University (USIU), I transitioned from a college professor to Acting Provost.  I led the effort to establish a new Civil Engineering program that received accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET­­) for both the San Diego campus, but also the new Bushy (England) campus.  I am Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, and past President of the Pacific Southwest Section of the American Society of Engineering Education.  I was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes post-doctoral research grant at the Democritus Nuclear Research Center in Athens, Greece.


At DeVry University I was the Dean of Academic Affairs and later the Regional Vice-President for Southern California and Nevada.  I transitioned the campus in the City of Industry to Pomona and opened new campuses in Long Beach and West Hills.   In this capacity, I was responsible for an annual budget of about $100 million.   I am a former Trustee of the Governing Board of Palomar Community College and a current supporter of Palomar through membership in the President’s Associates.  


I am committed to ethical, professional, and efficient post-secondary education. My collegial leadership style and proven track record of fiscal efficiency and educational excellence make me an ideal choice for the Palomar Board of Governors. I will continue to focus on student success/achievement for students from diverse backgrounds.  I will also bring the experience and development of new facilities and the community liaison to optimize the expenditure of Proposition M bonds funding for new facilities and campus expansion.


My focus is on student outcomes!  This is the true measure of success for all academic institutions, but is particularly critical in the case of Palomar and other community colleges.


The community college system offers an affordable alternative to specialized technology and four year colleges in the completion of general education components of a degree.  The community college also offers specialized trade skills, including automotive and hand craft activities.  These courses are highly dependent upon the facilities available for practical education.  In addition, the general education component is integral to the ability to enroll in classes that may be impacted at other colleges.




The diverse population of the Palomar student body is an opportunity for many Palomar students to be the first in their families to obtain post-high school education.  The lack of family support for many of these students requires a focused effort to provide the highest quality facilities and faculty. 




Learning for success is the Palomar Theme.   The more you learn, the better you are at achieving success.  I believe that lifelong learning is a major factor in success and happiness.





Thank you for the opportunity to present my qualifications, experience and fervent dedication to this fine institution and to express my approach to focus on student outcomes.  I ask for your support in my election to the Governing Board of Palomar community college.




































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