Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd was enthusiastically greeted by administration, faculty, staff and students on April 20, 2011 after a brief presentation by Board of Trustees Chair Scott Thiss and Chancellor James McCormick. Dr. Dastmozd has assumed his new role as president of the College on July 1, 2011.
Dastmozd is a first generation college graduate who has served as a faculty member, department chair and academic dean at various colleges. Dastmozd is coming to Saint Paul College from Clark College, the second largest community college in Washington, where he held the position of vice president of instruction. He is a respected champion for community colleges and a passionate advocate for the learning college.
“Community colleges are the hidden treasures in our higher education system,” he said. “I believe community colleges are the most dynamic, affordable, and accessible vehicles in responding to the needs of a changing population. This reflects my personal belief about community college philosophy; that is, community college mission is based on responsiveness, equitable quality programming initiatives, and access.” He added, “For nearly three decades, I have worked tirelessly to promote a vision of student-centered education and administration and empathy for all students as they engage in their academic journeys.”
Dastmozd holds a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree from Southwest State University in Minnesota and earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration at Drake University in Iowa. He earned his doctorate from Colorado State University, majoring in Education and Human Resources.
Since 2005, Dastmozd has served as a mentor for the American Association of Community Colleges MentorLink program, working cooperatively with AACC to provide leadership, technical assistance, and “best practices” advice to Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois. A recipient of the 2005 International Exemplary Leaders award, Dastmozd has extensive experience in curriculum development, grant implementation, student retention, alternative instructional modalities, and educational planning and oversight.
With an unwavering focus on student success, Dastmozd believes that today’s college must “encourage a collective vision, promote collaboration and develop sustainable partnerships. Together, we must explore new ways to secure resources, develop programs, and champion the Learning College mission, values, vision, and goals.”
Saint Paul College is pleased to welcome Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd as our new president. We look forward to him leading us into the next chapter of our long and rich history.