San Juan College Leadership Team
Executive Vice President
Edward DesPlas began his tenure at San Juan College as Vice President for Administrative Services in March of 2016. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in August of 2017.
Prior to accepting the position at San Juan College, DesPlas served as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs for the Dallas County Community College District, a position he held for nine years. He was responsible for Finance and Accounting, Budget, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Information Technology, Facilities, Risk Management, Insurance Administration, Purchasing, Financial Aid, Educational Resources Support Services, and Auxiliary Enterprises.
In addition, DesPlas has served as an adjunct professor for Southern Methodist University, teaching higher education finance in the Education Policy and Leadership program. He has spent his entire career working in community colleges and has experience in urban, suburban and rural environments.
DesPlas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Texas in Dallas. He obtained his Master of Science in Human Resources and Training from Amberton University. He received the 2014 Distinguished Business Officer Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the 2002 International Outstanding Chief Business Officer Award from the Community College Business Officers organization.
Vice President for Student Services
Dr. Boomer W. Appleman joined San Juan College as the Vice President for Student Services in July, of 2018. In this position, he is responsible for leadership and guidance of Student Services to include strategic enrollment management, student support centers, financial aid, advising, counseling, testing, disability services, student development and leadership, and student housing.
Prior to accepting the position at San Juan College, he served as the Dean of Students at East Central University (ECU) in Ada, Oklahoma, for six years. During his nearly 20-year career in higher education, he also has served as a faculty member, Dean of Students, and as an Assistant Vice President for Student Development.
His experience brings a wide breadth of knowledge in strategic enrollment management, student affairs, case management, housing, and residential life.
Dr. Appleman holds an associate degree in Business Administration from Northern Oklahoma College, a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University, and a master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Appleman earned his doctoral degree in Higher Education from Oklahoma State University.
Vice President for Learning
Dr. Adrienne Forgette has served as Associate Vice President for the Office for Learning since June, 2016. Effective August 15, 2017, she was promoted to Vice President for Learning. In this position, Dr. Forgette is responsible, along with the Deans for the college’s six schools, for ensuring the quality of a San Juan College education. The duties include planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional programs.
Dr. Forgette’s other responsibilities involve leadership, implementation, and oversite. She will serve on both the President’s Cabinet and the Learning Leadership Team, and play a large role in the implementation of Office for Learning initiatives.
Prior to accepting the position at San Juan College, Dr. Forgette spent eight years as the Dean of Faculty at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She also served as an Associate Dean and a Professor of Psychology. She was responsible for and managed assessment, accreditation, strategic planning, and faculty development at Northwestern College.
Dr. Forgette received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She earned her Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Mt. San Antonio College.