Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

June 25, 2012



A special board meeting was held before the board meeting to interview candidates for a provisional board appointment to serve out the remainder of the term for trustee area 6. In a 5-1 vote, the board approved Dr. Jim Wright to fill the vacancy beginning July 1, 2012.


On a 5-0 vote, the board of trustees approved the appointment of Linda Fontanilla to the position of Vice President of Student Services, Irvine Valley College.


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Bill Hewitt was recognized by IVC President Glenn Roquemore for a Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) award honoring his leadership and legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of faculty statewide. Sandy Marzilli is retiring after 22 years of service to Saddleback College where she served as a faculty member and champion of the Emeritus Institute. She is credited with growing and funding the program to ensure its success.
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John Polikaitis is retiring after 33-1/2 years of service at Saddleback College, his second 30-year career. Mr. Polikaitis worked graveyard shift as a custodian and is known for his integrity, work ethic and commitment to higher education for his family. Dr. Jim Wright is retiring after 18 years as faculty and dean at Saddleback College. He was named administrator of the year three times - by Saddleback College, SOCCCD, and SC veterans -and ASG named him Dean of the Year in 2001.


THE BOARD APPROVED...............................................................

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except 6.14 B4 and B5 which were pulled. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Certification of the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2011 Saddleback College Facilities Master Plan and the 2011 Irvine Valley College Facilities Master Plan Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • The 2011-2031 Educational and Facilities Master Plan dated December, 2011.
  • SOCCCD 2012-2013 Tentative Budget.
  • SC and IVC 2012-2013 Tentative Student Government Budgets.
  • A computerized maintenance management and facility planning software system to develop a uniform 20-year scheduled maintenance plan that serves as a driving document for resource planning.
  • Board Policy Revisions to BP-3220: Institutional Membership in Organizations; BP-3101: Budget Management; BP-2100.1: Delegation of Authority to the Academic Senate.
  • A SOCCCD Faculty Association Academic Employee Memorandum of Understanding.
  • CSEA Tentative Agreement for the term July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015.


  • Trustees Jay, Meldau, Prendergast, Padberg and Lang offered their thanks and appreciation to Dr. Jim Wright, Sandy Marzilli and John Polikaitis for their dedicated service and wished them well in their retirement. They also welcomed Dr. Jim Wright to the board of trustees.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner reported that two retreats were recently for faculty, staff and administrators to review progress on the district-wide strategic plan and to focus on ideas for improving mutual respect and collaboration. He also provided a legislative update on several veterans bills, including AB 2478, which would extend the out of state tuition waiver to 2 years; AB 2133 which extends priority registration to 15 years to align with the federal GI Bill benefit period; and AB 2462 which would allow institutions to provide academic credit for prior military academic experience. All three of those bills unanimously passed through the Assembly and are now in the Senate. Another important piece of legislation, AB 1456, the Student Success Act, which will enact recommendations from the student success task force, easily passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly. This legislation will help streamline California Community College priorities to focus on student success and the national college completion initiatives. Chancellor Poertner and the college presidents will present about the college completion agenda and student success initiatives at the July board meeting.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: Appreciation for Dr. James Wright, Sandra Marzilli and Dr. Bruce Kinghorn as they retire; welcoming Dr. Christopher McDonald, Dr. Cadence Wynter, Dr. Caroline Durdella, David Anderson and Orlantha Nin to the college; SC Nursing Program achieved a 94% pass rate; Phi Theta Kappa accepted nearly 400 students; 14 incoming high school students received $500 scholarships; Rose Ramirez received $400 David Lantis Undergraduate Award; Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology nominated for a National "College Life" Award; SC affirmed as servicemembers opportunity member (veteran friendly).
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: Math Instructor Megan Granich recently received recognition from Princeton Review as one of the 300 Best Professors; the Honors Program posted robust membership numbers for the 2011-2012 school year, with over 200 active members; Librarian Anthony Lin to be recognized at International Conference; IVC created the first women’s sport in CA community college in more than 20 years with Women’s Sand volleyball; IVC athletics had a record 88 scholar athletes from its 13 teams during the 2011-12 school year.
  • Business Services - Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' report included: Business Process Analysis (BPA) sessions are under way to improve business practices, increase electronic workflow and improve services; IVC's Life Sciences building contractor, Edge Development (Edge) is in default; the State Chancellor’s office is reviewing their approach to projecting enrollments for an improved method that will create greater stability for projections used to determine funding eligibility; Legislative Analyst Office requested audit-level evidence to show that the state match is being provided for capital improvement funding.
  • Human Resources - Vice Chancellor David Bugay's report included: To comply with technical language in Education Code 22147(b), CalSTRS will no longer allow districts to provide any type of retroactive or “back pay” the Camp Pendleton Job Fair to recruit veterans and military families for classified job openings.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles' report included: The demolition of above ground structures, with the exception of building # 26, is complete. The next phase of demolition will include in-ground or at-grade structures such as building foundations, tarmac, roads, walkways and retaining walls. The 10-acre land exchange with the County of Orange is progressing on schedule as planned. The District and city of Tustin continue to make progress on a land exchange agreement that will improve campus configuration and a comprehensive development agreement.
VIEWING ONLINE/TV...............................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, July 1 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Marcia Milchiker,
Nancy M. Padberg, T.J. Prendergast III; Heather Park, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs