South Orange County Community College District


September 27, 2004





  • Board Clerk Thomas Fuentes announced the appointment of Dr. Robert J. Kopecky to the position of Provost for the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin.
    South Orange County Community College District


    Congratulating new Provost Bob Kopecky (center) are Chancellor Mathur and Board President Wagner.



  • President Donald P. Wagner expressed concern about the California Performance Review (CPR). It includes recommendations that would move control of Community Colleges to Sacramento . He suggested that everyone study the issues and that the Board take an official position. He congratulated the College Presidents on an exciting month of events commemorating September 11, Saddleback Foundation fundraising kickoff for the Health Sciences Building , IVC Observatory, and groundbreaking of the IVC Performing Arts Center and Theatre. He acknowledged that Trustee Marcia Milchiker was unable to attend the meeting and extended the Board's wishes to her for a speedy recovery.
  • Vice President Nancy M. Padberg expressed opposition to the CPR as she is not in favor of centralized control at the state level. She attended the impressive College events this month, including a Saddleback College football game. She invited everyone to attend and participate in the Saddleback College Alumni Association Gaucho Gallop 5K/10K on Sunday, October 24. [Additional information is available at or by calling 949/322-5838.]
  • Trustee Thomas Fuentes expressed opposition to the proposal in the CPR that would eliminate the Board of Governors and move Community Colleges and their 2.6 million students under the State Board of Education. He urged everyone to study the issues and convey their comments to the Governor. He reminded those in attendance that the library at Saddleback College is the James B. Utt Memorial Library honoring the contributions of the former Congressman. [The building was dedicated on June 27, 1973 .]
  • Trustee William O. Jay thanked the many people who remembered him with flowers and cards during a brief stay in the hospital.  He attended an event celebrating the life of a “charter member of the faculty,” political science Professor Paul Brennan, who passed away recently.
  • Trustee David Lang expressed his excitement about the wonderful new Saddleback College Health Sciences / District Offices Building that the Board toured prior to the meeting. He extended his congratulations to both Colleges and College Presidents on their September 11 ceremonies. He is looking forward to having the input from the new Student Trustee starting next month.
  • Trustee John Williams expressed his opposition to the CPR.  He mentioned that there remains a continuing need for local control of our Colleges by officials elected by citizens. “Keep the community in Community Colleges.”
  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur attended a summit of Orange County educators that included all four Community College Chancellors, the President of CSU Fullerton, the Vice Chancellor of UCI, and the Orange County Superintendent of Schools. They discussed the need to work together to communicate the importance of public education and to do something about the regulations and processes that affect the cost of construction. They plan to share and review concerns about the CPR, and meet again this fall. He congratulated Tracy Daly and PJ Schramel on their first place award for best video from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations.
  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore thanked the Trustees and Chancellor for their attendance at the College's September 11 commemoration and the Observatory ribbon cutting. He invited everyone to the groundbreaking of the IVC Performing Arts Center and Theatre at 11am on Thursday, September 30. Dr. Roquemore's written report included mention of: IVC alum Dustin Nguyen was a featured artist at an international comics convention this summer; the accreditation report is available in print and online in anticipation of the accreditation team visit October 12-14; Community Education is providing classes this fall in computer espionage, identity theft, wireless security, computer surveillance and counter surveillance.
  • Saddleback College President McCullough thanked the Trustees for their participation in the College's September 11 commemoration, particularly Trustee Fuentes who was a featured speaker. He also thanked Trustees for attending the Foundation's fundraising kickoff for the new Saddleback College Health Sciences Building . Dr. McCullough 's written report included mention of: six Communication Arts students and three Travel and Tourism students who are high achieving in the work place; South Orange County Tech-Prep Consortium is collaborating with local employers; Marian Stewart and Angie Plunkett, two Saddleback graduates, have returned to teach art after receiving MFAs; baseball coach Jack Hodges was chosen as the California Community College Coach of the Year.
  • Addressing the Board were: Dr. Carmen Dominguez , Saddleback College Academic Senate; Lewis Long , Faculty Association; Mary Williams , CSEA; and Rachel Hipolite , Associated Student Government of Saddleback College.



  • 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. Items to be revised for consideration at a future meeting include: Item 9 (contract with Saddleback College to be distributor of software training), Item 13 ( IVC maintenance and police facility), and Item 37 (consultant for parking and traffic study at Saddleback College ).
  • $657,000 for scheduled maintenance projects at Saddleback College (to be matched by $657,000 from the College).
  • $343,000 for scheduled maintenance projects at IVC (to be matched by $343,000 from the College).
  • $3,410,000 to repair and partially remodel the first floor of the James B. Utt Memorial Library at Saddleback College.
  • proceeding with the hiring of an architect to study options to improve the Math/Science/Engineering Building at Saddleback College and possibly build an Annex to house laboratories.
  • selection of LPA to provide architectural services for a new Business Technology and Innovation Center at IVC.
  • awarding bids for new theater and electrical systems and audiovisual systems for McKinney Theater at Saddleback College .
  • 2004-05 budget of the Saddleback College Associated Student Government in the amount of $1,041,478.
  • grant application of $220,000 from Saddleback College to the U.S. Department of Education Trio Program to provide services to disabled students.
  • grant application of $4,150 from Saddleback College to the City of Mission Viejo for activities related to the preservation of fossil materials.



  • The Board received reports on: District accomplishments during 2002-04 from the departments of Educational Services, Business Services, Human Resources, Facilities Planning and Purchasing, Information Technology, and Marketing, Government and Community Relations; Saddleback College BGS Building and improvements which should be completed in September; locally funded facilities projects; textbook cost comparison between our Colleges and other selected Community Colleges; and the fall 2004 wait list.



  • Correspondence in the Board agenda packet included positive feedback about Saddleback College: Learning Assistance Program and staff; Professor Carol Bander ; Professor Richard Goodman, and Assistant Professor Charles Myers. Correspondence was also received from UCLA about Bonnie V. Silverman , who transferred from Saddleback College and is among the 30 outstanding transfer students to receive a scholarship.



  • You can watch the board meeting on television Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, at 7pm , Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.


South Orange County Community College District

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees (left to right):

Marcia Milchiker, Thomas A. Fuentes, David B. Lang, Donald P. Wagner, John S. Williams,

William O. Jay, Nancy M. Padberg and, center, Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor.

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, Director
Marketing, Government & Community Relations