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Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D.

Superintendent / President
College of the Desert
43500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-773-2500      FAX 760-341-9732



Dr. Joel Kinnamon has been working in community colleges for more than 20 years.  Kinnamon served as Chancellor of Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, which operates Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore. The two colleges together serve more than 25,000 students in the San Francisco East Bay Area.
Before becoming chancellor, Dr. Kinnamon served the district as the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning for five years. Prior to his work in the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Dr. Kinnamon spent several years with community colleges in Oklahoma serving as Provost (CEO) of the Southwest Campus for Tulsa Community College and at Oklahoma City Community College in various progressive roles including Professor of Business.   Prior to his employment in the community college system, Dr. Kinnamon spent nearly a decade in the business and finance sector.  He has received many awards and recognitions and belongs to several professional and community organizations.
Dr. Kinnamon received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University, his master’s degree with honors in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, and his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics from Oklahoma State University.
A first generation college graduate, he began his college path in the community college system.