San Diego Mesa College Dean of Athletics, Dr. Ryan Shumaker is a native San Diegan, who grew up in East County. After graduating from West Hills High School, Shumaker started his college journey at Cuyamaca College as a first generation college student where he majored in Business. He competed on the basketball team, and threw for track and field, earning All-PCAC honors during each season. Shumaker then transferred to Southern Illinois University- Carbondale (SIUC) where he threw shot put, discus, hammer, and weight for the top NCAA Division 1 College program in the country.
Dr. Shumaker then returned to San Diego and began working at Cuyamaca College as the Student Success Coordinator. During Shumaker’s time at Cuyamaca College, he also served as the Acting Associate Dean of Student Affairs before being named the Associate Dean of Athletics, where he served for three years.
While at SIUC, Shumaker earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing. In 2017 he earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College and Postsecondary Education from San Diego State University.
Dr. Shumaker is focused on continued student-athlete development, programmatic progress, community involvement, fundraising efforts, and harvesting a championship culture.