Lisa Cooper Wilkins
Vice President for Student Services
Dr. Cooper Wilkins is the Assistant Superintendent / Vice President for Student Services at San Joaquin Delta College with administrative oversight for Enrollment Services and Student Development (Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Veterans Resource Center, the Assessment Center, Foster Youth Educational and Support Programs, International Students, Student Activities, Student Clubs and Organizations and Student Government and the Pride Center);Counseling and Special Services (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Disability Support Programs and Services, AFFIRM, Puente and EPIC Learning Communities, Career and Transfer Center as well as academic Guidance courses); the District Police Department; the CalWORKs Program and CalWORKs Assessment, the Hazel Hill Child Development Center and the Office of Student Equity and Diversity. She joined the District in 2014 as the Dean of Enrollment Services and Student Development in 2014.
At University of the Pacific, she served as the Associate Vice President for Student Life (2010-2014), the Interim Assist Provost for Diversity and the Director of the Educational Resource Center (2005-2008), but began her tenure there as the Coordinator of Disability Services (2002-2005). In Philadelphia, she was the Dean of the Educational Support Services Division at the Community College of Philadelphia (2008-2010). Lisa has spent her career in roles that foster access, equity, inclusion, opportunity and success for underrepresented and underserved students.
Honors that she has received include the Susan B. Anthony Woman of Achievement Award in 2012; University of the Pacific's Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and their Woman of Distinction Award in 2007 and more recently she received the 2017 Medgar Evers Freedom Fighter Award from the NAACP as well as the 2018 Education Champion Award from the San Joaquin Pride Center.
Dr. Cooper Wilkins completed her doctoral studies at the George Washington University in Higher Education Administration Program; her dissertation was entitled Disability as Diversity: Assessing the Perceptions of Students with Physical Disabilities Regarding Access and Equal Opportunity in Postsecondary Education. She possesses a Master of Arts in Psychological Services and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Counseling from Marymount University; a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and International Relations from Goucher College. Currently, she is a 2018-19 Aspen Presidential Fellow of the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program.
She remains active in the community serving at the local, state and national level on multiple boards including NASPA's James E. Scott Academy Board, the Delta Health Care Board and the Community Foundation of San Joaquin. Locally, she is a member of the international society of women educators, Delta Kappa Gamma - Tau Chapter, the Stockton Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as well as the proud President of the Stockton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Through those organizations, Dr. Cooper Wilkins remains engaged in service in her city and county with a focus on education including early literacy initiatives as well as scholarship and mentoring programs for local youth.