Dr. Scott W. Thayer has been appointed to serve as interim president of San Bernardino Valley College while the district conducts a search to fill the position permanently.
Appointed by District Chancellor Diana Z. Rodriguez, Thayer has served as vice president of student services at San Bernardino Valley College since 2017.
“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.
Dr. Thayer is an advocate for historically underrepresented students and an authority on student access, retention, equity, success, enrollment management, and K-20 partnerships. He is a founding member of Have Faith, Be Strong (HFBS)—a non-profit organization for childhood cancer awareness—and the African American Male Education Network and Development (A²MEND), an organization to engage young men of color in higher education.
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.