Deborah DiThomas, Ed.D.


Dr. DiThomas began her career in education as a middle school teacher with Yucaipa Joint Unified School District.  After 17 years in the K-12 system, DiThomas took a counselor/instructor post with Riverside Community College District (RCCD).  It was there that she spent her time learning everything about community colleges and served as Dean of Matriculation from August 1999 to October, 2004.  Between 2004 and 2013, DiThomas continued to serve in a variety of positions for RCCD including, Vice President Student Services, Associate Vice Chancellor Student Services & Operations, Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Services & Operations and Interim President, Norco College. She left RCCD to accept the position of Superintendent/President of the Barstow Community College District on July 1, 2013, where she served until her retirement on June 30, 2017.

A product of the California educational system, DiThomas graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a bachelor’s in physical education and English.  She holds two non-terminal, master’s degrees from Azusa Pacific University in Educational Counseling and Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.