Dear Students, Prospective Students, and Community Members:
I am a great believer in the power of higher education to change lives for the better and am delighted to be part of a team of dedicated faculty and staff at one of California’s premier community colleges. College of Marin has much to offer and welcomes students from all walks of life. Whether your goal is to transfer to a four-year university, train for a new career, or enjoy the benefits of lifelong learning, I hope that you will consider joining us this semester.
David Wain Coon, Ed.D.
David Wain Coon, Ed.D. became College of Marin’s 10th Superintendent/President in December 2010. Throughout his 30-year career in higher education, Dr. Coon has been recognized for his leadership locally, regionally and nationally. He came to Marin following five successful years as President of Evergreen Valley College in San Jose where he championed a richly diverse student body and was recognized for being an inclusive and collaborative leader. Prior to Evergreen Valley College, Dr. Coon held several high-level administrative positions at various colleges in Washington State.
During his tenure at College of Marin Dr. Coon has successfully presided over two facilities modernization programs in excess of $515 million, tackled a long history of acrimonious labor relations with a willingness to listen to all constituent groups and energized partnership opportunities with Marin County schools and nonprofits. Dr. Coon has had the unprecedented opportunity to hire a majority of full-time faculty across many disciplines at the College of Marin.
With a continued focus on social justice, Dr. Coon serves as co-chair to the Marin Promise Partnership with a focus on closing equity gaps in Marin County. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Coon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from Central Washington University, a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration from Western Washington University and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership with emphasis in Organization Development from Seattle University.