South Orange County Community College District

June 25, 2007



The Board signed a resolution for Dr. Mark Drummond, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges System. He is leaving after three distinguished years to be the Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the largest community college district in the nation.


It was announced that Dr. S. Craig Justice will be the new Vice President of Instruction at Irvine Valley College, beginning July 24, 2007.

  • Board President David B. Lang lauded the terrific job on the budget by Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner, and Directors Beth Mueller, Carol Hilton, and Davit Khachatryan. Such a seasoned staff gives the trustees a lot of confidence in the budget.


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes congratulated Trustee Padberg who was named Volunteer of the Month by the OC Republican Party. He congratulated Chancellor Mathur who was commencement speaker at Pacific States University and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in business administration.
  • Trustee William O. Jay spent a few days at Mission Hospital and recounted that many of the nurses and health care professionals were proud graduates of Saddleback College. They made his stay a pleasant one.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker welcomed back Trustee Jay. She commended the SC Journal of Biology which is a wonderful way to work with students and get them involved in the field. She visited the SC counseling department and found out that with credit from her studies at other institutions, she has enough credits to get an AA degree in Spanish.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg attended the Orange County Transportation Authority stakeholder meeting to share concerns about transportation issues. She attended many events including the KSBR Birthday Bash, the SC Foundation retreat, and the SCLO production of Barnum. She congratulated Dr. Andreea M. Serban on the grant she recently received.


  • Trustee John S. Williams wished Raul Villalba well in his retirement. This was Raul's last meeting. He also thanked all the staffs who work to prepare the budget. He noted that when the District pays off the last of the Certification of Participation debt in 2008, it will be the 40th anniversary of Saddleback College. 


  • Student Trustee Matthew T. Reynard has met with Chancellor Mathur and they have been discussing activities for the coming year in the areas of environmental awareness and cultural understanding. He is looking forward to attending the student trustee conference in August.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur announced that summer enrollment up 7.5% over last year, FTES is up by 10.7% and productivity is up over 3 percent. He is facilitating a meeting with K-12 superintendents to ascertain interest in working together to develop leadership training. He was deeply honored to be invited to be commencement speaker at Pacific States University and presented with an honorary doctorate.
  • SC President Richard McCullough's written report included mention of:staff development program for student services classified staff and other front line staff; men's golf team captured the 2007 state championship; women's tennis team reached the state championship match for the first time in school history; overall SC ranked 12th in the state out of 104 community colleges which participate in intercollegiate athletics; SCLO 30th anniversary season is showcasing Barnum and South Pacific this summer; Emeritus Institute enrollment is soaring, up over 1,000 students more than last summer; and activities within the biological sciences department.
  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore's written report included mention of: the foundation recognized Irvine City Manager Sean Joyce as the Alumnus of the Year, and the college bestowed honorary degrees to Cecilia Goodman, Wing Lam and Carol Tagayun; nearly $120,000 in scholarships were awarded at the 22nd annual scholarship awards breakfast; a $10,000 endowment was established by the Assistance League of Irvine to help single mothers pursue a college degree; and the fourth annual Emeritus Institute Showcase event was a success. He also thanked Cal Nelson for serving as Interim Vice President of Instruction for the past eight months.


  • ATEP Provost Robert J. Kopecky 's written report included mention of:updates on partnerships, City of Tustin meetings, campus progress, and outreach and marketing. CACT (Center for Applied Competitive Technologies) at ATEP hosted 25 directors at the statewide CACT conference last month which included tours and equipment demonstrations.




South Orange County Community College District
  • all consent calendar items (except for Items 4.9 and 4.11); academic personnel actions (except for Item 5.12 E., G., H.,); and classified personnel actions.  If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.


  • the 2007-08 tentative budget of $363.6 million. The final budget is to be presented for Board consideration at the August 27 meeting. Presentations were made by Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner, 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 presentation.]


  • accepting grants from the California Community College Chancellor's Office to Saddleback College for $250,000 to strengthen career technical education (rapid product design, 3D modeling); $30,000 for Tech Prep Regional Coordination Consortium, and $50,000 for the Faculty and Counselor Work Experience in Career Technical Education Pathways.


  • the Community Education Fall 2007 courses, presenters and compensation for SC and IVC.


  • award of bid and agreements for construction of the Saddleback College KSBR radio tower for $47,803 with R.D. Engineering and Construction, Inc.


  • increase of $2.00 in the student health fee at SC and IVC.


  • district mission and vision statements and district-wide goals for 2007-08 (presented at the end of this document).


  • the order of priority for the 2009-10 to 2014-15 five-year construction plan.


  • the basic aid project priority list and the allocation of basic aids funds for 2007-08.


  • $7 million in basic aid funding for the demolition of existing buildings at ATEP.


  • $4.1 million in basic aid funding to remodel the SC Village to accommodate library, information technology and photography needs while the James B. Utt Library and TAS buildings are undergoing renovation.



The Board conducted a public hearing to provide an opportunity to comment on the District's proposal to the SOCCCD Police Officers Association. 




Vice Chancellor of Technology and Learning Services Dr. Andreea M. Serban gave a report on grant awards, opportunities and strategies for grant development.  [Click here to view.]


The Board received information and/or discussed:

  • reports on accomplishments of the SC, IVC and ATEP Foundations. 
  • studies and recommendations for stadiums at SC and IVC.


  • The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33. SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, July 1 at 7pm.

Vision:    To be an educational leader in a changing world.


Mission:   To provide a dynamic learning environment and diverse opportunities to foster student success and contribute to the global community.


District Goals


  1. Promote and support enrollment growth to meet student demand through new programs, distance education, workforce development, and alternative instructional delivery modes.
  2. Engage in systematic and integrated strategic planning and budgeting with annual reviews.
  3. Follow the Educational and Facilities Master Plan and address preventative maintenance and timely rehabilitation when making resource allocation decisions.
  4. Develop ATEP through educational and business partnerships and multiple sources of funding.
  5. Provide a safe and secure environment supportive of student learning.
  6. Continue to promote and strengthen institutional integrity, effectiveness, and accountability consistent with accreditation recommendations.
  7. Increase awareness of the colleges and ATEP through community involvement and outreach to strengthen public and legislative advocacy.
  8. Provide an entrepreneurial environment that encourages innovation and increases economic development opportunities.
  9. Recruit highly qualified and diverse employees and provide them with opportunities to succeed through constructive and timely evaluation and professional development.
  10. Ensure that students, faculty, and staff are informed of and have access to services, programs, and policies.
  11. Promote a positive district-wide image through respectful and collegial interactions among faculty, staff, students, administrators, trustees and the community.
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