Chancellor Diana Z. Rodriguez Appoints Interim President of San Bernardino Valley College

Dr. Scott W. Thayer, Interim President of San Bernardino Valley College. (Photo by Erick Zambrano/SBCCD)
  • Thayer has served SBVC as vice president of student services since 2017.
  • Thayer is co-founder and board president of a statewide non-profit organization that addresses opportunity gaps faced by young men of color in higher education.

an Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Diana Z. Rodriguez has appointed Dr. Scott W. Thayer to serve as interim president of San Bernardino Valley College. He began his tenure on August 1 while the district prepares a search to fill the permanent position.

Since 2017, Dr. Thayer has served as vice president of student services at San Bernardino Valley College and has held numerous higher education leadership positions and faculty roles over the past 23 years.

“I am confident that Dr. Thayer will be leveraging his extensive higher education expertise for the continued benefit, growth, and success of our campus community,” said Chancellor Rodriguez. “His leadership will be instrumental to our campus and district’s successful transition back to in-person instruction and operations during this upcoming academic year.”

Dr. Thayer is well-known across the California community college system as an advocate for historically underrepresented students and an authority on student access, retention, equity, success, enrollment management, and K-20 partnerships.

He is a co-founder and board president of African American Male Education Network and Development (A²MEND). This service organization brings together African American male educators to increase the engagement and success of young men of color in higher education.

Dr. Thayer also teaches part-time in San Diego State University’s Community College Leadership program, where he mentors the next generation of community college leaders.

Dr. Thayer earned his doctorate in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Southern California; a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Point Loma Nazarene University; a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College in Florida, and an associate of arts degree from Normandale Community College in Minnesota.

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San Bernardino Community College District serves 20,000 students through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. For nearly 100 years, our colleges have provided access to affordable higher education and career training programs for the residents of Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Calimesa, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Yucaipa. We educate the health care professionals that serve our medical needs, veterans who have served our country, police, and firefighters who keep us safe, and skilled workers who fuel our economy. Beyond our campuses, we inform and inspire learners of all ages through EMPIRE | KVCR, the PBS and NPR affiliate station for the Inland Empire on TV channel 24 and 91.9 FM.

SBCCD Board of Trustees

Dr. Anne L. Viricel, Chair

Dr. Stephanie Houston, Vice Chair

Gloria Macias Harrison, Clerk

John Longville, Member

Frank Reyes, Member

Dr. Donald L. Singer, Member

Joseph Williams, Member

Lauren Ashlock, CHC Student Trustee

Elena Sanchez Paez, SBVC Student Trustee


Diana Z. Rodriguez


Dr. Kevin Horan, Crafton Hills College

Dr. Scott W. Thayer, San Bernardino Valley College (Interim)

San Bernardino Community College District opens doors of opportunity for 20,000 students at Crafton Hills College & San Bernardino Valley College.