Organization of the College
The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the integrity, quality, and fiscal stability of the District.
The chief administrator of the District is the Superintendent/President, who is also the chief administrative officer of the College. The Superintendent/President serves as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
The Executive Vice President is responsible for the oversight of capital and construction projects. Some of these include the Palm Springs campus, Roadrunner Motors, and Indio campus extension. This includes monitoring and managing progress and ensuring projects remain on time and within budget. Additionally, this role oversees the education center in Indio and Palm Springs and works on special projects with the purpose of advancing the College.
The Vice President of Instruction is the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for academic schools, the COD Libraries, instructional support services, career and technical education, and off-campus programs. College of the Desert has five schools: Applied Sciences & Business, Social Sciences & Arts, Communication & Humanities, Health Sciences & Education, and Mathematics & Sciences. Each school is under the supervision of a dean, who is responsible for coordinating the departments within that school. Career programs are coordinated with cooperation from advisory committees consisting of representatives from business and industry.
The Vice President of Student Services is the chief student services officer of the College responsible for Counseling and Counseling services, student enrollment services including Admissions & Records and Financial Aid, Disabled Students Programs and Services, International Education Program, Veterans Services, Student Health and Wellness, Student Support Programs and Services, Student Life, Student Leadership, student due process and discipline, EDGE and plEDGE Programs, and the Tutoring and Academic Skills Center.
The Vice President of Administrative Services functions as the chief financial officer of the college. In addition to budget development and oversight, Administrative Services is responsible for Fiscal Services, Maintenance and Operations, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Information Technology and Auxiliary Services, Contracts and Purchasing.
The Vice President of Human Resources & Employee Relations is responsible for management and operation of all human resources and employee relations functions of the College, including developing and recommending policies, goals and objectives for human resources. It is also responsible for collective bargaining and contract administration, classification and compensation, diversity and EEO compliance, benefits, retirement, risk management, and Title IX. The office serves as the single District office responsible for receiving all unlawful discrimination complaints.