Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

December 5, 2008


Sworn in by Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, for new four year terms through 2012 were incumbent trustees, from left, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, John S. Williams, and Thomas A. Fuentes.

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The Board re-elected the slate of officers for 2009. 



Donald P. Wagner, President

John S. Williams, Vice President

Thomas A. Fuentes, Clerk




Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur congratulated President Donald P. Wagner and presented him with a special plaque to commemorate his leadership over the past year.

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IVC Professor Frank Pangborn sang moving renditions of patriotic music.

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  • President Donald P. Wagner thanked Chancellor Mathur and Trustees Fuentes for their leadership and organization of the ethics training, hosted by our district, for the trustees and community college executives throughout Orange County. It was well attended and co-facilitated by our counsel, Warren Kinsler. He received very positive feedback about the training. He thanked Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner, the college presidents and all the budget directors for guarding the fiscal health of the district during these tough budget times.


  • Vice President John S. Williams thanked his constituency who re-elected him to his fifth term on the board and fellow trustees for re-electing him to serve as Vice President. He reflected on the past year and advocating for community colleges and our district in Sacramento, and mentioned attending the recent Community College League of California (CCLC) conference in Anaheim. He is looking forward to the Community College Futures Assembly Conference next month and the presentation by District Information Technology staff of the award-winning MAP (My Academic Plan).


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes gave a report from the Orange County Legislative Task Force. The state budget crisis was again the main point of discussion. Our advocacy plan includes developing a new web site to keep everyone informed about issues and what they can do to help. Our supporters will be able to send e-mail notes to legislators and view sample letters. It should be up and ready in January. Lucy Dunn of the Orange County Business Council is working on an op-ed piece discussing the value of community colleges in the economic recovery, for submission to regional news outlets.


  • Trustee William O. Jay wished all happy holidays and thanked everyone for their support this year.


  • Trustee David B. Lang gave holiday greetings to everyone. He mentioned the recent ethics training attended by many trustees in all four Orange County districts. He thanked Supervisor Campbell and Professor Pangborn for making the swearing in ceremony a special one. He shared his pride in the way that our district has managed our fiscal resources, according to state formula and using basic aid funding for one time expenditures.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker wished a joyous holiday season to all. She expressed that the SC Associated Student Government did a good job with their presentation on the budget last month. She encouraged everyone to attend the many SC fine arts performances celebrating the holidays this month.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg wished everyone a happy holiday. She enjoyed watching the SC Gauchos at the league championship game and was pleased to announce that Professor Bob Cosgrove had the winning bid on her SC Foundation online auction contribution.


  • Student Trustee Hannah H.E. Lee attended the CCLC conference last month and mentioned that the IVC Phi Theta Kappa was having an induction ceremony.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur welcomed the new ATEP provost, Dr. Randy Peebles and wished everyone a happy holiday season. So far, enrollment for spring semester of full time equivalent students is up 2% at SC, 13% at IVC and 5% district-wide. To address the board's input on student government budgets, he met with student government leaders and college presidents, vice presidents of student services, foundation directors, and directors of student development. He discussed the need for us all to be aware of the dire condition of the state budget and its potential impact on our district.


  • SC President Tod Burnett 's written report included mention of: 250 prospective students and their families attended Family Night in November; based on data from student surveys, the web site has been redesigned and will be able to track where students look for information; Associated Student Government activities including the Adopt-A-Family Program and the Big Butt Clean Up; growth in business science division courses; Emeritus Institute holiday activities; Fine Arts Division performances; the Phlebotomy Program received a two year approval from the Department of Health Services; and reports from all divisions.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore 's written report included mention of: freshman Felicia Titus was named the conference women's golf player of the year and Ben Burnett was selected as golf coach of the year; IVC Wind Jazz Ensemble performance; Associated Students of IVC sponsorship of the Annual Angel Toy Tree benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Tustin; the IVC Performing Dance Ensemble performance on December 10 and 11; studio art faculty work on display at the gallery; successful Veteran's Day event; and hosting of 58 debaters from ten schools for the first collegiate debate tournament of the season.


  • ATEP Provost Dr. Randy Peebles said he is looking forward to working with the colleges and reported that there is a record 70 classes to be offered at ATEP this spring semester. The written report for ATEP included mention of: the trustees held a public hearing on November 12 and approved the long range plan for development of the 68 acre ATEP campus; and Dr. Larry DeShazer is retiring after 10 years as the Director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT).
  • 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 Williams as representative to the nominating committee to the Committee on School District Organization, and Trustee Padberg as alternate representative; Trustee Williams as the political action representative to the Orange County School Boards Association, and Trustee Padberg as alternate representative; 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 Trustees Wagner and Milchiker as alternate representatives; and Trustee Padberg as representative to the OCTA Stakeholders Working Group for South Orange County Major Investment Study, and Trustee Lang as alternate representative.
  • The Board approved the meeting dates and times for 2009, a planning calendar and a list of discussion topics. Click here to view the meeting schedule.




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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. 


  • purchase of $115,858 in furniture for the IVC Business Sciences and Technology Innovation Center.



  • resolution declaring intent to enter into an agreement and set a public hearing at the January 2009 board meeting, regarding a grant of easement to AT&T.


  • memorandum of understanding with the Faculty Association extending the part-time faculty workload to 67% (to a maximum of 10 LHE) of the full-time assignment per semester, effective January 1, 2009.
  • Dr. Robert Bramucci, Vice Chancellor of Technology and Learning Services; Denice Inciong, District Director of Research and Planning; Dr. Craig Justice, IVC Vice President of Instruction, and

    Dr. Morgan Barrows, Chair, SC Institutional Effectiveness Committee, presented information on the annual assessments of effectiveness and student success.  Click here to view their presentation.  Click here to view the institutional effectiveness annual reports on the district web site.

  • The board received reports on basic aid, facilities plan status, monthly financial status and trustee expenditures.

The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, December 14 at 7pm. The meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week.

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:
Tracy Daly, District Director
Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations