Terence NelsonDean of Transfer, Career, & Special Programs
Phone: (949) 582-4473
Terence Nelson is the Saddleback College Transfer, Career, and Special Programs (TC&SP) Division Dean which encompasses eleven student services and instructional departments as well as several grant funded student support initiatives. The TC&SP Division includes many student outreach and support services vital to student success. He is also the lead for the Career Center, Re-Entry Center, and the Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Program at Saddleback College which opened its doors in August 2009. Before his current role, Terence held the position of Assistant Dean of Counseling Services and Special Programs at the college. Prior to coming into administration he worked as a general, ESL, transfer, and athletic counselor, a learning center coordinator, the Teacher Preparation Pipeline counselor, a grant writer, and track coach. Dean Nelson currently serves as the Past President of the Region 8 Veterans Program Directors Consortium covering 20 colleges from Mission Viejo to Glendora. He held the position of President for 3 years and is the Region 8 representative to the State Chancellors Office. Terence serves on the Southern California Army Advisory Council and Orange County Legislative Task Force. He has been recognized by OC Metro Magazine as one of the 2009 “Top 40 Under 40” in Orange County and as the 2012 “CAPED Administrator of the Year”. As a California Community College graduate, he has first-hand experience as to the opportunities our state's public higher education system offers.