1993 Inductee - Dr. Joseph Acosta


1993 Inductee - Dr. Joseph Acosta

1993 Mexican American Hall of Fame Inductee

Dr. Joseph Acosta has a lifetime of outstanding contributions and achievements as a Mexican American who has quietly strived to make California and San Joaquin County a better place for everyone, especially for members of the Mexican American community. As a young minority student, he achieved high educational goals in a pre-affirmative action era. He continues to be a role model for Hispanic youth who can see, simply by his example, that even disadvantaged Hispanic youth can achieve goals and improve their lives.

Acosta has taught or administered at every educational level in San Joaquin County—elementary, secondary, college and university. He directed vocational education programs and regional occupational programs before becoming the director of the San Joaquin County Schools Instructional Media Center, a position he held at the time of his retirement in 1983 after 33 years of service to local public education. His contributions have continued as an educational leader who is striving to create conditions that support and nurture equal opportunity and excellence in San Joaquin County Schools, currently as president of the San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees. As a Delta College Board of Trustees member since, 1972, he is making significant contributions through both local and state-wide committee work.

The first coordinator of vocational education for the San Joaquin County Department of Education, Acosta was the first vocational education teacher for Delta College. He is the recipient of numerous educational awards and has held many offices in civic organizations. At the state-wide level, he has served on the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Legislative Committee, Educational an Membership Policy Committee; California Vocational Education Directors Past President; California Vocational Education Advisory Committee.

In Acosta’s words, “California’s expanding and increasingly diverse population presents major challenges. We should continue to encourage community colleges to be centers of excellence and innovation in providing educational opportunities, especially for minority students.” Twenty years of experience as a Delta Trustee has given Acosta both a state and local perspective on the challenges that face our state.

His tenure as a community leader includes serving as the first President of the Latin American Club in 1951-52, Port City Sunrise Lions Club President, National Lions Club Deputy District Governor, Disabled American Veterans Al Jordan Chapter, Senior Vice Commander; Salvation Army Advisory Board, Stockton Opera Association Board Member, and Stockton Symphony Association Board Member. Among the many honors he has received are the John R. Williams Award for leadership and vocational planning from the San Joaquin County Teachers Association in 1967 and the International Extension Award from Lions Club International for developing and chartering the Bangkok, Thailand Lions Club.