Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

November 21, 2008




  • Former President Ronald Reagan in a dedication ceremony just before the board meeting to rename Room 145 of the Health Sciences to Ronald Reagan Board of Trustees Room. Reagan dedicated Saddleback College forty years ago when he was Governor of California.


  • Special guest Chriss Street, Orange County Treasurer, who announced the appointment of Chancellor Raghu Mathur to Orange County’s Treasury oversight committee. Mr. Street complimented the board on their fiscal management efforts.



South Orange County Community College District

The Board of Trustees attended a Dedication Ceremony for the Ronald Reagan Board of Trustees Room just before the meeting.


  • Gema Ptasinski, CPA, of Vicenti, Lloyd and Stutzman, LLP., reported a clean audit of the 2007-08 district annual financial statements.
  • ASG President Kalin Kelly and ASG Treasurer Travis Fuller presented the 2008-09 budget for the Associated Student Government at Saddleback College. The item was tabled. 
  • SC President Tod Burnett and IVC President Glenn Roquemore presented their state-mandated accountability report. 
  • The board received reports on basic aid and current construction projects.


  • Trustee William O. Jay congratulated the four trustees on their re-election to the board and complimented Trustee Tom Fuentes on the wonderful dedication event for the naming of Ronald Reagan Board of Trustees Room.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg complimented Trustee Fuentes on the dedication event and appreciated the honor showed to Ronald Reagan who played a significant role at Saddleback College.


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes reported that the November meeting of the Orange County Legislative Task Force (OCLTF) was dominated by the state budget crisis.  Total budget cuts to the four Orange County community college districts is estimated at $41 million. Trustee Tom Fuentes thanked Chancellor Raghu Mathur for taking the initiative to host an Ethics Training session next week which will be attended by college administrators and trustees from all four community college districts as well as other public officials.


  • Trustee John S. Williams also congratulated fellow trustees on their re-election and thanked his constituents for his own (fifth) re-election. He reported that he had the pleasure of attending a dinner to honor police, fire and other public service officials with IVC police Chief Will Glen.


  • Trustee Donald P. Wagner congratulated his fellow colleagues on their re-election and Chancellor Raghu Mathur for his appointment to the Orange County finance oversight committee; he complimented IVC President Glenn Roquemore for the outstanding pandemic simulation training exercise which was combined with a free flu shot clinic for the community where he received one of the first flu shots.


  • Trustee David B. Lang congratulated his fellow trustees on their re-elections, Chancellor Raghu Mathur on his County Treasurer’s Oversight Committee appointment and Trustee Tom Fuentes on his leadership for the wonderful dedication event honoring Ronald Reagan.  He offered thoughts to those who lost homes this week in fires and acknowledged firefighters and emergency responders for their courageous service. He thanked Gary Poertner and Beth Mueller for their assistance with the successful district audit.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker echoed the congratulations to colleagues on their re-election; she attended several events at Saddleback College, including the 40th anniversary gala event which raised $70,000 for students and programs and an inspirational art show, Meet the Artists, featuring artwork of the Mediterranean coast.


  • Student Trustee Hannah H.E. Lee attended pandemic simulation exercise and thanked IVC President Glenn Roquemore for the invitation to participate.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur congratulated all of the recently re-elected trustees and said it confirms this board’s successful leadership that will provide stability and continuity in the district; he thanked Trustee Tom Fuentes for leading the effort to rename the board room for former President Ronald Reagan; he thanked both SC and IVC for their Veterans Day events; he reported that he has been meeting with divisions/schools at all the campuses; he will join other chancellors on the Orange County Legislative Task Force to give a presentation at the Community College League of California conference this week on establishing a regional advocacy group.


  • SC President Tod Burnett’s written report included mention of: The Women’s Conference; a Principals Breakfast; the Saddleback College Foundation Gala which raised $70,000 in scholarship funds; a donation of jerseys were send to nine girls soccer teams in Africa; Veteran’s Appreciation Day; participation in the Great Southern California Shakeout and Emergency Operations Center simulation exercise; nursing students participated in a flu shot clinic; McKinney Theatre presented To Kill a Mockingbird to high school and college students, followed by a panel discussion.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included mention of: participation in a multi-jurisdiction simulation exercise at IVC for a pandemic or bioterrorism attack was combined with a drive-through community flu shot clinic; the theatre department opened its fall 2008 production 1940’s Radio Hour; over 600 people attended the Emeritus Institute Showcase at the Performing Arts Center; IVC Professor Stan Breckenridge performed a benefit concert at CSU, Fullerton; the Forensics team held its first college debate tournament at IVC.


  • ATEP Acting Associate Provost Tracy Daly’s written report included mention of: expansion of parking areas; educational partnership discussions with California State University, Long Beach in design model making and prototyping, photonics, and communications arts; development of Apartment Maintenance Certification training as part of a workforce education program; a Dean’s Summit was held on Nov. 7 with deans from IVC and SC to discuss programs, class scheduling and marketing demographics.




South Orange County Community College District
  • All consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions (except for item 5.7 and 6.1 which were tabled and 6.8 which was pulled.) If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor. 
  •  An architectural agreement with Dougherty and Dougherty to perform architectural services for the Irvine Valley College’s Life Sciences building in the amount of $1,080,310. 
  • $2,842,000 in basic aid funding for the Village Expansion project at Saddleback College. 
  • An agreement with R2A Architecture in the amount of $165,000 for the Village Expansion Project at Saddleback College.



The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Thomas A. Fuentes, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,

Donald P. Wagner, John S. Williams, Hannah H.E. Lee, Student Trustee

Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, Acting District Director
Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations