Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

June 24, 2008


The Board announced the appointment of Dr. Tod Burnett as the new president of Saddleback College.  He will assume the position in August. 

South Orange County Community College District


Professor Jerry Hernandez, Irvine Valley College head basketball coach, upon his 250th career victory. 

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  • President Donald P. Wagner said goodbye to Rich McCullough, a wonderful president of Saddleback College. He thanked him, Lise Telson and Jo Ann Alford for their responsiveness with a student enrollment issue. He has been serving on an IVC accreditation focus group and thanked co-chairs President Roquemore and Wendy Gabriella. It has been an eye opening experience of frank discussions and he has enjoyed the opportunity to participate.


  • Vice President John S. Williams extended a welcome back to Trustee Fuentes and mentioned what a pleasure it has been to work with President McCullough. He recently played in a golf tournament with Trustee Lang which raised funds for SC athletic programs. Last week he attended the legislative day sponsored by the Community Colleges League of California (CCLC) in Sacramento with Chancellor Mathur. They met with a number of legislators who were very supportive of community colleges.
  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes said that it was a joy to be back following a liver transplant. He thanked friends and family for their support. He gave a report on a meeting of the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force (OCLTF) during which Jose Solorio gave a presentation on the state budget. He thanked Chancellor Mathur and Tracy Daly for their support and attendance. Chancellor Mathur will be chairing OCLTF next year. He recognized Chancellor Mathur for his tenacity in promoting our district while attending, upon invitation, the Chronicle of Higher Education conference in Washington, D.C.


  • Trustee William O. Jay announced that the new IVC Business Science and Innovation Center and the renovated SC BGS building will be open for students this fall. He mentioned that over 30% of our students take courses related to business and he is pleased that the facilities will be up and running soon.


  • Trustee David B. Lang welcomed back Trustee Fuentes. He congratulated President McCullough on an incredible career and wished him the best in retirement. While visiting a friend at Hoag Hospital he learned that one of the nurses was a graduate of SC. She was a wonderful ambassador of the nursing program.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker wished President McCullough a fond farewell. He has given the college many years of excellence and integrity. She has met many nurses over the years who have taken his physiology courses. She encouraged members of the public to search for classes online and sign up for the second summer session which begins on July 7.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg encouraged everyone to support more college scholarships for students.


  • Student Trustee Hannah H.E. Lee attended an IVC budget committee meeting and met with Helen Locke and President Roquemore.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur welcomed back Trustee Fuentes. He announced that summer enrollment is up 7.5% compared to last year, FTES is up by 10.6% and productivity is up 5.6%. Enrollment at ATEP during its first summer of classes is at 535 students, which exceeds the fall enrollment. He congratulated everyone at all three campuses who have made the summer programs so successful. He was in Sacramento recently at two advocacy days with CCLC and the Orange County Business Council. While attending the Chronicle of Higher Education conference in Washington, D.C. he was surprised to learn the results of a Gallup poll in which only three percent of U.S. citizens find that higher education was valuable in preparing for the global economy. He led a standing ovation for Dr. McCullough who is retiring at the end of the month.


  • SC President Richard McCullough 's written report included mention of: Veterans Memorial construction is underway; Transfer Center summer college fair, workshops and activities; Assistant Dean Tammy Rice will represent 74 California public associate degree nursing programs at the National Education Capacity Summit; nursing professor Dr. Terri Whitt and Rob Hartman made presentations at the Online Teaching Conference and 12th International Nursing Learning Resource Centers Conference; and an update of summer activities of the Division of Fine Arts.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore 's written report included mention of: Beccie Dawson was named Alumnus of the Year; Julie Davis and Williams Woollett, Jr. were bestowed honorary degrees; scholar athletes of the year Chelsea Pavlik and Peter Johnson were honored at the scholar athlete banquet; IVC baseball team completed its best season with a 32-17 record; piano students Brad Van Wick and Brian Park won a competition organized by the Music Teacher's Assn. of CA; and IVC piano instructor Daniel Luzko's compositions were performed at a Venezuelan music festival. 


  • ATEP report from President Roquemore included mention of: summer enrollments are exceeding expectations with over 520 students so far; fall 2008 schedule was finalized and copies are being inserted in the SC and IVC schedules; meetings with CSU Fullerton; course planning for Spring 2009; participation in Tustin Chamber of Commerce events; and hosting a meeting between the Orange County Business Service Center, CACT, optics companies, and economic development specialists. 




South Orange County Community College District
  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions and classified personnel actions, except for Item 5.11 which was tabled. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.


  • acceptance of a $450,000 award from the California Community College Chancellor's Office to fund a consortium of community colleges, high schools and regional occupational centers and programs to establish career exploration programs for middle and high school students, among many other purposes. 


  • SC and IVC community education courses, presenters, and compensation for Fall 2008. 



  • 2008-09 tentative budget of $376.9 million.  The final budget is to be presented for Board consideration and approval at the August 25 meeting. A presentation was made by Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner who acknowledged the contributions of District Director of Fiscal Services Beth Mueller, SC Director of Fiscal Services Carol Hilton and IVC Director of Fiscal Services Davit Khachatryan. Click here to view PowerPoint presentation.
  • order of priority for the 2010-11 to 2014-15 five year construction plan (item number 25 was pulled).


  • acceptance for review and study the ATEP long range plan and authorization of its submittal to the City of Tustin.


  • agreement with gkkworks for up to $735,460 for construction management of the IVC B200 science lab annex and renovation and A300 theater secondary efforts renovation projects.


  • student health fee increase of $1 for the 2008-09 academic year. 



The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33. SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, June 29 at 7pm. The meeting will be available for viewing online later this 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