South Orange County Community College District


November 16, 2004





  • Board Clerk Thomas Fuentes announced that the Board “voted to non-renew the current contract with Dr. Raghu Mathur and directed new Board leadership to explore developing a new Chancellor's contract acceptable to the Board.”


  • Contracts were renewed for Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner , Vice Chancellor of Educational Services Thomas Anderson, IVC President Glenn Roquemore, and District Director of Information Technology Allan MacDougall.


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    The Irvine Valley College 2004 Badminton Team was presented with a resolution for winning the state championship. Coach Martin McGrogan accepted the resolution from Trustee Fuentes.


  • President Donald P. Wagner thanked the IVC staff who planned the Veteran's Day event and Saddleback College Foundation Director Michelle Anstadt and the Board of Governors for a successful 5th Annual Western Gala. He congratulated Trustees Jay and Williams on their re-elections by overwhelming majority of voters. He also congratulated Trustee Lang who recently assumed the presidency of the Orange County Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
  • Vice President Nancy M. Padberg commended the Saddleback College Foundation on their recent gala event. She was pleased to participate in the Veteran's Day event at IVC. She expressed appreciation for the faculty and encouraged them to continue to attend and participate in Board meetings. She is looking forward to the conclusion of faculty negotiations.
  • Trustee Thomas Fuentes thanked the Saddleback College Foundation for their gala event and IVC for their Veteran's Day tribute, noting the choir's performance. He extended his thanks to the Honorable Rod Paige, outgoing Secretary of Education in President Bush's administration. He traveled recently to Washington, D.C. and commented that this administration is a supporter of community colleges.
  • Trustee William O. Jay thanked everyone who worked for his re-election.
  • Trustee David Lang complimented Professor Lewis Long for the homemade computers that he has made available to families. He recognized the faculty and staff for their dedication and professionalism, and mentioned that the Board is committed to achieving a new contract very soon.
  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker attended a banquet during which the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute was honored with the SAGE (Senior Achievement and General Excellence) award for its contribution to enhancing the quality of life for seniors. The SAGE award is presented by the Seniors Housing Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. She attended a Ramadan banquet at Saddleback College which was also attended by 82 students, 75 of whom were non Muslims. She announced the plant sale at Saddleback College on Thursday and Friday, November 18 and 19.
  • Trustee John Williams thanked all who helped with his campaign and said he is looking forward to serving four more years. He mentioned that significant progress is being made for a new faculty contract.
  • Student Trustee Brittany Poulton is developing a website which will provide information on issues being presented at board meetings that affect students. She wants to provide an opportunity for students to feel connected with decision makers.
  • Chancellor Mathur thanked the many faculty members who spoke at the meeting and for their hard work and dedication to students. He has made recommendations regarding the settlement of the faculty contract to the Board and will be working with the negotiating teams to bring resolution to this matter.  A workshop on ATEP is being planned to present ideas from faculty and staff on programs and courses, and seek the Board's determination of priorities.
  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore thanked Trustees Wagner, Fuentes, and Padberg and Chancellor Mathur for attending the Veteran's Day event. Dr. Roquemore's written report included mention of: women's golf team won the Orange Empire Conference title for the first time (shared with Saddleback College); Star Trek actor Walter Koenig created four public service announcements to promote the Emeritus Institute and IVC; campus safety and security officers participated in Irvine Community Drug Prevention program's Red Ribbon Week by delivering pizzas to local residents along with Irvine Police and Orange County Fire Authority; Phi Theta Kappa honor society members organized an early voting effort that was commended by the Registrar of Voters; a Buddhist Priest lectured on monastic lifestyle and Japanese art.
  • Saddleback College President Richard McCullough thanked the Board for attending the Western Gala and President Wagner for attending the student Republication and Democrat debate. Dr. McCullough's written report included mention of: appointment of Dr. Maria Besnard to the post of Director of Student Affairs; 73 percent of students used online registration for fall semester; 51 attended the first transfer workshop offered for student athletes; cosmetology program has its highest student retention in four years; women's golf team won its fifth consecutive Orange Empire Conference title (this year shared with IVC); three students qualified for a national championship tennis tournament in Florida; $500,000 grant was received for training in rapid prototyping and modeling; and certification for International Computing Driving License will be offered in the spring.
  • ATEP Provost Robert J. Kopecky reported that the state architect has approved the plans for ATEP, the U.S. Navy will be demolishing buildings in December at their cost, and he and the Chancellor will be meeting with the City of Tustin to discuss how to expedite the City's courtesy review process.
  • Addressing the Board were a number of faculty and students and: Professor Lewis Long, Faculty Association, Beep Colclough, CSEA; Susan Pak, Associated Students of IVC, Rachel Hipolite, Associate Student Government of Saddleback College. Professor Long received a standing ovation after an IVC student spoke movingly about his gift to her family of a computer that he built.



  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions. To be considered at a future meeting with additional information are Item 5, Saddleback College Community Education spring 2005 courses, and Item 9, Saddleback College study abroad program in Vietnam and Cambodia . If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the Presidents or Deputy Chancellor.
  • $392,479.44 for Saddleback College to purchase and install 250 desktop computers.
  • $183,851.00 for the District to purchase and install an IBM Storage Area Network (SAN) for backup and archival of critical district information, and to provide a foundation for the disaster recovery plan.



  • The Board received a report on locally funded projects which included progress at ATEP and the two Colleges on new construction, repair, remodel, and parking. Of note at Saddleback College: administrative offices will not move to the third floor of the James B. Utt Library and a committee of faculty and administrators are working with the architect to update the remodel program. At IVC: the architect and a committee of faculty and administrators are updating the program for the Business and Technology Innovation Center project. At ATEP: an invitation for bidders has been advertised for site improvements and signage.


  • Chancellor Mathur and District Director of Facilities and Purchasing Raul Villalba discussed the escalating costs of construction, in some projects as much as 30 to 40%. Educational institutions are experiencing this around the state. At an upcoming breakfast for state legislators, the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force will provide a briefing on this issue.


  • In compliance with state law, January 1, 2005 the District will offer benefits to the registered domestic partners of employees.
  • The non-resident tuition fees for 2005-2006 are estimated to be $148 per unit, up from the current fiscal year fee of $146.



  • Correspondence in the Board agenda packet included a thank you from the Orange County Workforce Investment Board for the District's sponsorship of their Conference in September; a letter to the editor of Leisure World News complimenting the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute ; letters from IVC student Neema Barbod thanking those who supported the Phi Theta Kappa Early Voting Booth at IVC; an e-mail from nursing student Cheryl Schumm complimenting President McCullough as “an amazing educator”; a letter from an appreciative parent whose children attended the Saddleback College Child Development Center; and a note from a student who received a 100% on a difficult math exam thanks to the tutoring program at Saddleback College.



  • You can watch the board meeting on television Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20, at 7pm , Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.


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South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees (left to right):

Marcia Milchiker, Thomas A. Fuentes, David B. Lang, Donald P. Wagner, John S. Williams,

William O. Jay, Nancy M. Padberg and, center, Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, Director
Marketing, Government & Community Relations