Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

December 10, 2007



Congratulations to the new slate of officers for 2008!


      Donald P. Wagner, President

      John S. Williams, Vice President

     Thomas A. Fuentes, Clerk



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Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur congratulated outgoing President David B. Lang and presented him with a special plaque to commemorate his leadership over the past three years. He also received resolutions and acknowledgements from the State Chancellor's Office, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Congressman John Campbell. Thanks to Senator Dick Ackerman, the entire delegation of California Senators and Assembly Members from Orange County participated in a resolution, too.  Jeff Zech from Assemblywoman Mimi Walter's office was on hand to assist in its presentation.

South Orange County Community College District
  • President Donald P. Wagner gave a sincere thanks to Trustee Lang for his outstanding service, as well as Trustee Fuentes. He looks forward to the opportunity of Board President and pledged to do his best to serve the trustees and students. He noted that President McCullough has the undying gratitude of this Board for his many years of service. He thanked the SC accreditation team for their flexibility in trying to accommodate his schedule during their site visit, and thanked the trustees who could attend the meeting.
  • Vice President John S. Williams thanked all his Board colleagues for voting for him as Vice President. He congratulated President McCullough for his outstanding years of service.
  • Trustee William O. Jay congratulated Trustee Lang for three years of great service as President and expressed appreciation of his very transparent leadership style. He congratulated incoming President Wagner, who was Board President when he first came on the Board in 2004. He acknowledged Professors Carmen Dominguez and Scott Farthing and all of the students and community members who created the marvelous SC Festival of Lights.


  • Trustee David B. Lang discussed what an honor and pleasure it had been to serve as Board President. He expressed appreciation for the support of Board officers Donald P. Wagner and Thomas A. Fuentes, fellow trustees, Chancellor Mathur, President McCullough, President Roquemore, Deputy Chancellor Poertner, Vice Chancellor Serban, Vice Chancellor King, and all the constituency groups. He specifically noted the hard work and dedication of Chancellor Mathur and the indelible mark upon Saddleback College by President McCullough, who is retiring in June 2008.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker echoed the praises of President McCullough. She attended the Community College League of California conference in San Jose and participated in many sessions which addressed relevant statewide issues. She attended the always wonderful SC Festival of Lights and mentioned that she will be trying out for the chorus next year. She recommended that the public attend performances at the new IVC Performing Arts Center.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg gave a report from the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Stakeholders Working Group for South Orange County Major Investment Study. OCTA has requested to make a presentation to the Board next year. One of the strategic alternatives being considered directly impacts SC. She attended many events this month and made a presentation on behalf of the SC Foundation to the San Clemente City Council, which voted to support to the SC Veterans Memorial. She said the President McCullough will be greatly missed.


  • Student Trustee Matthew T. Reynard thanked Trustee Lang for his comments and congratulated the new Board officers. He said that students do appreciate all the hard work of the Board. He wished all happy holidays and students good luck on their finals.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur thanked Trustee Lang for his complimentary comments and congratulated the new Board officers. He recognized and thanked all employee groups who work so hard on behalf of students. He also acknowledged the Board, which met four times this past month, for their hard work and commitment to the Colleges and ATEP. He gave holiday greetings to all.


  • SC President Richard McCullough's written report included mention of: President McCullough was appointed to Purdue University's Department of Biological Sciences Advisory Board; City of Lake Forest pledged $5,000 to the Veterans Memorial; news coverage of the Aquarium & Aquaculture Science program; Fine Arts performances; nursing students Jamie Sah, Karen Ritter, and Christina Gorospe who received awards at the CA Nursing Student Association convention; and the Gaucho football team qualified for a post-season bowl game for the seventh consecutive season.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore 's written report included mention of: one-of-a-kind presentation of dance students alongside dance professionals of instructor Marie de la Palme; Speech and Debate Team earned a bronze medal at the Griffin-Mann Invitational tournament; positive response to a letter promoting IVC sent to over 3,000 Irvine parents; Piano Series and VOCES Master Chorale and Orchestra performances in the new Performing Arts Center; and swearing-in ceremonies for Willie Glen, the new police chief.


  • ATEP Provost Robert J. Kopecky 's written report included mention of: new program development; student services and instruction update; continuing progress of negotiations with Camelot Entertainment; web site upgrades; and advertising and outreach for spring semester courses.
  • In addition to election of officers, the Board made the following appointments: Chancellor Mathur as secretary of the Board and Deputy Chancellor Poertner as assistant secretary; Trustee Milchiker as representative to the nominating committee to the Committee on School District Organization, and Trustee Padberg as alternate representative; Trustee Milchiker as the political action representative to the Orange County School Boards Association; Trustee Jay as the liaison to the Orange County Community College Trustees Association; Trustee Fuentes as the representative to the Orange County Legislative Task Force and Trustee Wagner as the alternate representative; and Trustee Padberg as representative to the OCTA Stakeholders Working Group for South Orange County Major Investment Study.
  • The Board approved the meeting dates and times for 2008, a planning calendar and a list of discussion topics.




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  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.

  • SC summer 2008 study abroad programs in Paris, France and Santander, Spain.


  • revision to Board Policy 1900 regarding alcoholic beverages which will now be allowed at District sites at some foundation fund-raising events.


  • agreements for installation of an absorption chiller, efficiency upgrades and operations and maintenance services for SC.


  • acceptance for review and study the proposed 2009-10 academic calendar. Click here to view.


  • acceptance for review and study the Integrated Districtwide and Board of Trustees' performance Goals for 2007-08.


  • acceptance for review and study CSEA's initial proposal and set a public hearing on the proposal at the January, 2008 meeting.
  • Dr. Rajen Vurdien , SC Vice President for Instruction and Dr. Craig Justice, IVC Vice President of Instruction, made a presentation on the importance of languages in a flat world of greater technology-based economic competitiveness. Click here to view their presentation.


  • Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner submitted a progress report on the measures being taken to ensure compliance with the 50% law.

The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33. SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, December 16 at 7pm. The Board meeting will also be available for viewing online by Thursday, December 13.

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, Matthew T. Reynard, Student Trustee

Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, District Director
Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations