Deborah J. Ikeda
Immediate Past Chair
Deborah J. Ikeda is the retired founding president of Clovis Community College in Fresno, CA. She began her educational career as a counselor and psychology instructor for Loop City College in Chicago and became an assistant dean of academic support services at Loop City College before becoming the associate dean of students, counseling, and guidance at Fresno City College. She served as the interim vice president of instruction for Fresno City College, and as the dean of library and instructional support services before becoming the vice president of instruction and student services for the North Centers of the State Center Community College District. She was appointed the founding President of Clovis Community College, where she led the accreditation effort to have Clovis Community College become the third independently accredited college within the State Center Community College District in 2015. She retired in August of 2016 and immediately ran for the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees where she has been since successfully running for reelection in 2020.
Ms. Ikeda served on the California Community College Board of Chief Instructional Officers, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Advisory Committee for Matriculation, State Chancellor’s Office Counseling Advisory Committee and appointed to the Commission on Academic, Student & Community Engagement Committee of the American Association of Community Colleges.
She has served as the Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Trustees and Administrators Caucus of the Community College League of California (CCLC) and is presently serving as the immediate past chair. Ms. Ikeda serves as one of the 21 elected members on the California Community College Trustee Board (CCCT) representing 73 district governing boards of 116 colleges. She has served as a CCCT Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Taskforce for increasing diversity in the staff, faculty and administrative ranks of California Community Colleges. She has served on the CCLC Advisory Committee on Education Services (ACES), responsible for identifying and reviewing the educational and professional development programs offered to the colleges targeting trustees and CEO’s. ACES is responsible for planning the Effective Trustee Workshop, Board Chair Workshop, Annual California Community College Trustee Workshop, Annual Student Trustee Workshop and the Annual Trustee Convention. She currently serves on the State-Centered Funding Formula Taskforce focused on monitoring implementation and recommendations for improvements on funding California Community Colleges and the Common Course Numbering Task Force. She has served on numerous panels for CCLC conferences on the Role of the CEO and Board Chair, Role of the Board in Accreditation, Role of the Board in Developing DEIA policies, Board Role in helping to diversify faculty, staff and administrative ranks.
Ms. Ikeda is in her second term as the Pacific Region elected member of the Association of Community College Trustees Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She has helped put on ACCT Conference Presentations related to Board Responsibilities in Developing DEI Board Policies and best practices in hiring a diverse staff. She has served on a panel for the ACCT Governance Leadership Institute: Hawaii on “the Role of the Leadership Team of the Board”. Ms. Ikeda was the ACCT National 2022 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award winner given annually to the trustee who has made a significant contribution as a lay trustee toward promoting the community college concept.