Dr. John Colson has been appointed to the permanent position as Vice President, Student Services.
Dr. Colson comes to Grossmont College with a well rounded educational background. He has completed an Ed.D. at the
University of Georgia. His dissertation was on “An Exploratory Study of Presidential Leadership in Selected Small
Colleges in the Southeast.” Dr. Colson also completed his Master of Arts degree at the University of Georgia,
with his thesis focusing on the topic: “The Plight of Pluralism.” He completed his B.A. at Toccoa Falls College with a
focus on “Postmodernism’s Atheology.”
Not only is does Dr. Colson have a solid educational background, but he also has an extensive portfolio showcasing an
impressive array of work experience. He has served as Assistant Dean of Campus Life at Charleston Southern University,
Director of Student Life, Waycross College, GA, Vice President of Student Affairs, Bainbridge College, GA, and interim
Vice President of Student Affairs at Grossmont College, CA.
At Grossmont College, as Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Colson has captured the hearts of students,
faculty and fellow administrators.
“Those of us who have worked directly with him know that he brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the position.
As well, Dr. Colson possesses many very positive personal characteristics, among them a strong dedication to his work
and that of Student Services, as well as a willingness and ability to perform effectively in the broader
institutional realm as a member of our executive administrative team. He has shown himself to be a consummate
team builder and team player,” states Dr. Dean Colli, Grossmont College’s interim president.
“I believe that service to students is paramount and all that we do on campus, and especially Student Services, should
communicate that students are number 1. Students, faculty, and staff should be treated with respect and fairness.
My vision is to provide the aforementioned in such a manner that Grossmont remains an exciting experience for the
entire college family. I want to see prospective students provided access while current students are assisted in
meeting their personal, academic, and career goals,” said Dr. Colson when asked about his vision for the college.
“Grossmont College is the greatest institution that I’ve had the pleasure of being associated with. The team of
professionals here is dedicated, the leadership is visionary and resourceful, and the students are serious about
their studies. The campus setting is picturesque and I look forward to arriving each day. In short, this is a
fun place to be and friendly people make the job a delight,” added Dr. Colson.