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Bonnie Peters

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As of 2014 Bonnie Peters has been serving as the Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO) for the

California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI). In her current role she

provides administrative and programmatic leadership for the CVC-OEI Online Student

Experience Division. Prior to 2014, Ms. Peters spent fifteen (15) years at San Diego City

College in various student services positions which included counseling and teaching students

both on campus and online. Throughout those fifteen years, she accumulated a great of

educational leadership experience by serving in the following positions: Department Chair of

Counseling, Interim Director of Transition Services (Transfer and Career ), and Program

Manager of First Year Services at San Diego City College. In 2005 she developed San Diego

City College’s online counseling program, a first among Community colleges both regionally and


Ms. Peters is a trained career counselor and a trained distance-counseling professional. She

holds an M.S. in Counseling. In 2011 it was her interest in integrating student support services

into the online education arena which prompted her pursuit of a second M.A in Teaching and

Learning with Technology. For the past 12 years, her professional endeavors have been

focused on working with and encouraging colleges to intentionally provide support services as

an integral and mainstreamed part of a college’s Distance Education Program. The eventual

goal being, to ensure that all students and the “whole student” have the support they need as

they pursue academic success in the online learning environment.