Dr. Joyce Ester, wearing a black suit with a red blouse.


Member, Board of Trustees


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Sociology, Northern Illinois University

Short Biography

On August 2014, Dr. Joyce Ester became the fifth president of Normandale Community College, located in Bloomington, Minnesota. She brings extensive experience in higher education administration with a demonstrated track record of results-driven leadership. Previously she was president of Kennedy-King College, one of the city colleges of Chicago; associate vice president for Student Services at Bakersfield College in California; and assistant vice president at California State University, Fresno.

Dr. Ester has multiple connections to the Deaf Community. She learned ASL from a deaf aunt and her first job out of college was in a group home where all the clients and staff were deaf. She later taught ASL at Santa Barbara City College.

Dr. Ester has a long-standing connection with continuing education programs and has presided over many business partnerships.