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. Barbara Ake joined San Juan College as the new Vice President for Learning, June 24, 2013.

Prior to coming to San Juan College, Dr. Ake served as the Dean of Natural Sciences and Health Sciences at San Jacinto College, South Campus in Houston, Texas. She has also served as the Chief Academic Officer at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Canton, Ohio, and as the Provost for the Health Sciences Campus at Brevard Community College.

She earned a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree in health care administration from Central Michigan University. Along with a strong academic background and experience in higher education, Dr. Ake brings several years of experience in both regional and program accreditation. In addition, she has extensive experience in building teams that serve both the college and community interests.

As the Vice President for Learning, Dr. Ake is responsible for the supervision of the deans for the College’s six schools, which include the Schools of Business; Energy; Health Science; Humanities; Science, Math and Engineering; and Trades and Technology. The duties include planning, development, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs.