Derek Vergara, EdD

Adjunct Professor

Office Location: West Campus
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Derek Vergara, EdD is currently the Dean of Students at Orange Coast College. Vergara began his career in student affairs in 1987 and has worked at UC Riverside, UC Irvine, University of La Verne, Concordia University, Fullerton College, and Pepperdine University in a variety of student affairs roles. Vergara has taught courses at the University of La Verne, Citrus College, Azusa Pacific University, and Brandman University’s doctoral program in education. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Azusa Pacific University and a Doctorate degree in Education, emphasizing Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.


  • EdD, Education & Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne, 2012
  • MA, Social Sciences, College Student Development, Azusa Pacific University, 1989
  • BA, Social Work, Azusa Pacific University, 1987

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Higher Education


  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Organizational Leadership

Courses Taught

  • CCSD 573 — Career Counseling & Development