Welcome to College of the Desert

College of the Desert


Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. 

Annebelle Nery, Ph.D.
Vice President
Student Success

Jeff Baker
Interim Vice President
Student Learning

John Ramont
Interim Vice President
Administrative Services

Mary Anne Gularte, Ed.D.
Vice President
Human Resources and Employee Relations

Lisa Howell
Vice President
Special Assignment

John Mosser, Ph.D.
Executive Director
College of the Desert Foundation

Welcome, Roadrunners!

You’re attending College of the Desert at a very exciting time in our 60-year history.

We’re one of the fastest-growing community colleges in California. From Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs in the west to Indio and Mecca/Thermal in the east, with our Palm Desert Campus in the middle, we’re committed to helping you reach your education- and career-oriented goals throughout the Coachella Valley. 

That commitment hasn’t changed since 1958, when the College started on 160 acres that once produced dates and grapes in Palm Desert. 

Today, we serve more than 15,000 students, with thousands more expected in the coming years through our tuition-free plEDGE program that launched in 2017. 

The College's plEDGE program commits to providing free tuition for two years to those local high school students who graduated in 2017 and 2018 and enroll at College of the Desert full-time. We have many generous community donors to thank for the program’s ongoing success.

In 2017, the College was one of 150 community colleges named eligible to compete for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges.

And in January, the College won the very prestigious national Bellwether Award in recognition of our EDGE academic boot camp. Many of you have successfully completed that program and know its value in helping prepare students for college-level coursework in English and math.

We’re very proud of our many accomplishments, and we look forward to helping you achieve your goals at College of the Desert, whether you’re pursuing an associate degree or a certificate, or simply enhancing your skills.

And if you’re looking to transfer to a four-year institution or want to find a job after your time here, we can help you with that as well.

We’re excited that you’ve chosen to join us at College of the Desert, and we look forward to supporting you in the pursuit of your academic and career goals.

Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D.