Dr. Scott W. Thayer has been an advocate for historically underrepresented students throughout his professional career. Dr. Thayer received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Southern California focusing on African American male achievement. He completed his Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Point Loma Nazarene University in California, his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and his Associate of Arts degree from Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN.
Currently, Dr. Thayer is the Vice President of Student Services at Cuyamaca College in San Diego, CA. He has served in various administrative capacities throughout his career at Pasadena City College and Los Angeles Southwest College. His administrative responsibilities have included the following college programs and areas: Admissions and Records, Counseling, Financial Aid, Athletics, Transfer, Outreach and Recruitment, Associated Students, Student clubs and organizations, Cross Cultural Center, Mentoring, Student Discipline, Commencement, Athletic Eligibility, the Flea Market, and oversight of the following federally funded TRIO programs (Student Support Services, Upward Bound, Math/Science Upward Bound and Talent Search).
Dr. Thayer is an established grant writer and has secured over $5M in grant funding to assist underrepresented students in their pursuit of a higher education. Scott W. Thayer has been active in professional development organizations such as the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) where he has served as a regional board member and the southern California chapter President, as well as being involved in committee work within the organization. He is also a member of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and the Have Faith, Be Strong (HFBS) organization for childhood cancer awareness. Scott W. Thayer is a proud father and husband and enjoys spending his free time with his family. Dr. Thayer is a founding member of the African American Male Education Network and Development (A²MEND).