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Board of Trustees & Accreditation

Board of Trustees



Deep Springs College is managed by the Deep Springs Corporation, a 501(c)3 California non-profit public benefit charitable corporation. The Board of Directors delegates day-to-day administration of the college to the Deep Springs President, along with the Student Body, the Academic Dean, and the Director of Operations. The Student Body President and Labor Commissioner meet regularly with college staff to prioritize work, plan college functions, and resolve any issues that arise for the college community as a whole.

Since the college’s beginning, the Student Body has always been represented on the governing board of the college; every six months, the Student Body selects one of its current members to serve for a rotating term of one year. Student members of the board are full participants; they have full voting rights, and they join in all meetings, correspondence, and decisions. One or both of the student board members is on every board committee. Usually one student sits on each of the board’s major standing committees: Budget & Operations and Academic Affairs. A student also serves on the board’s Agenda and Succession Executive Committee.

Non-student members of the Deep Springs Board serve rotating four-year terms. Members typically come from a variety of disciplines including education, business, non-profit administration, law, and the sciences. On average, half the membership is made up of alumni. The board meets twice a year at the campus and is responsible for fiscal and policy oversight. Current board members are listed below.

L.L. Nunn established a Trust for the benefit of Deep Springs students upon his death in 1925. In 1966, the Deep Springs Trustees established the charitable non-profit corporation that now operates the College for the benefit of the student body.

Current Board Members

Marina Hsieh, Chair Senior Fellow, Faculty Director of Diversity, Santa Clara University Law School (Santa Clara, CA)
Jefferson Cowie James G. Stahlman Professor of History, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Marcella Davis Provost, Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
John “Dewey” Deweese, DS’07 Addictions Nurse Practitioner MGH (Boston, MA)
Aron Fischer, DS’95 Partner, Patterson Belknap LLP (New York, NY)
Dan Fulwiler, DS’85 CEO, Esperanza Health Centers (Chicago IL)
Brighde Mullins Professor and Director of the Literary Editing & Publishing Program, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA.)
Katie Peterson Professor of English, University of California (Davis, CA)
Jacob Simmons DS’20 Deep Springs Student Body (Salt Lake City, UT)
Eric Swanson, DS’65 Co-Founder/Director for Research, Open Data Watch (Gig Harbor, WA)
Mark Taylor, DS’72

Senior Consultant and Past President, SynTerra Corporation (Greenville, SC)

Yinuo “Amelia” Ding DS’20 Deep Springs Student Body (Singapore)
Felicia Wong President & CEO, The Roosevelt Institute (New York, NY)

Communications for the board may be directed to Jefferson Cowie, TDS Secretary at TDS_Secretary@deepsprings.edu.



Deep Springs was first accredited as a college in 1957. Currently Deep Springs is fully accredited through 2024 as a degree granting two-year institution, by the ACCJC of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. After completing the two-year program at Deep Springs, our students typically transfer to a four-year university or college to complete their undergraduate education.

Our current accreditation status may be independently confirmed here.

Complaints: The ACCJC makes it possible for students and members of the public to file complaints about Deep Springs. A complaint form, along with further information about the complaint process, may be accessed here.

Accreditation Standards: Read the ACCJC’s Accreditation Standards here.

Reports and Other Accreditation Documents

Deep Springs College 2017 Action Letter from ACCJC Reaffirming Accreditation
Deep Springs College 2017 Comprehensive Evaluation Visit Report
Deep Springs College 2017 Accreditation Self-Study
Deep Springs College 2014 Action Letter from ACCJC Reaffirming Accreditation
Deep Springs College 2014 Midterm Accreditation Report
Deep Springs College 2011 Action Letter from ACCJC Reaffirming Accreditation
Deep Springs College 2011 Comprehensive Evaluation Visit Report
Deep Springs College 2010 Accreditation Self-Study