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
David P. Eppich has served as vice president for student services since July 2005. He came to San Juan College from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he served as assistant to the president for external affairs. During his 25 years at Fort Lewis, Eppich was director of developmental projects and special assistant to the president, director of the college union and student activities, and coach of the men’s club soccer team. Early in his career, he was manager of housing services and residence director at the University of New Mexico.
Eppich earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New Mexico, his master’s of science in management from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Management from Walden University. He is a graduate of Farmington High School.
Eppich is active in economic development in the Four Corners region. He was executive director of the San Juan Forum, chair of the Colorado Region Nine Economic Development Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Bank of Durango, and board member of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. In 2003, he was named Durango Citizen of the Year. He currently serves as chair of the New Mexico State ACT Council, Board of Directors for the New Mexico Student Loan Guarantee Corporation, and is on the board of Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a certified AQIP peer reviewer through the Higher Learning Commission.
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.