May 15, 2017


Saddleback President Tod Burnett was honored for nine years of service. Trustee David Lang was honored by Community College League of California for 20 years of service.  



  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Resolutions honoring Saddleback College President Tod Burnett; and outstanding service awards/classified staff of the year honorees: Ruby Hazzard, District Services; Cora Swanson, Saddleback College; and Jennifer Calderin, Irvine Valley College.
  • Saddleback College curriculum revisions for the 2017-18 Academic Year.
  • Berliner Architects agreement for the Saddleback College Access Control project in the amount of $240,000.
  • Three year agreement with an option for two additional one year terms between South Orange County Community College District and Pacific Coachways Charter Services, Inc. for an estimated cost of $92,000.
  • Summer 2017 Community Education courses, presenters and compensation at IVC.
  • FY 2017-2018 tentative student government budgets - see combined student budget presentation.
  • Regional Strong Workforce Master Agreement with the Rancho Santiago Community College District awarding Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College $2,560,000 and $982,078, respectively, over a four year period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020.
  • Authorize payment to Trustee Prendergast who was absent from the April 24, 2017 meeting.
  • Notice of Completion for the Irvine Valley College Barranca Entrance project to Hillcrest Contracting, Inc., with a current contract amount of $1,465,770 and outstanding change orders under negotiation.
  • Board Policy Revisions: BP-4003 Nepotism, BP-4420 Enrollment Fee Reimbursement for Eligible Employees, BP-5403 Associated Students Elections, BP-5600 Associate Degree Requirements, BP-6100 Curriculum, BP-6110 Articulation of Courses and Programs.
  • Destruction of Class 3 disposable records in compliance with code.
  • Resolution 17-15 authorizing layoff of a specially funded program student service specialist due to end of TAACCCT grant funding.


  • Comprehensive Support Services Strategies to Address Non-academic Barriers: Trustee Whitt requested a report regarding the strategies both colleges have developed for comprehensive support services, both on-campus and with community partners to help students experiencing some level of housing and food insecurities. Some of our students also suffer from mental illnesses, drug and alcohol abuse, suicidal ideation, homelessness, clothing insecurities, and other health and wellness issues. Both colleges have worked to implement programs to combat the many insecurities, but do not have nearly enough resources to eradicate the negative and destructive impact these issues have on our students’ abilities to be successful in achieving their academic goals. Administrators from both colleges presented on services being provided and identified areas of increasing concern and crisis. Saddleback's Non-Academic Barriers / IVC Non-Academic Barriers.




  • Trustee Whitt attended the OC School Board Association (OCSBA) dinner and she was proud that Trustee Prendergast was voted in as an officer of the board. She also congratulated Trustee Milchiker on winning the prestigious Marian Bergeson award. She attended a Emeritus Institute fundraiser, and SC transfer and honors celebrations where she found testimony from the students heartwarming. She attended interviews for a potential chancellor and a retirement roast for Dr. Tod Burnett. Trustee Milchiker was honored that all the board members were present when she won the Marian Bergeson award. She attended a women's leadership forum, IVC newly tenured faculty ceremony, One Book One College event, the Emeritus Institute fundraiser, First Friday hike with IVC, SC transfer and honors celebration, and Dr. Burnett's retirement roast. She highlighted ongoing work of the Orange County Community College Legislative Task Force including support for veteran center funding statewide and enhancing financial aid. Trustee Lang commented that this is a tough time of the year as we send students on their way and say goodbye to long time employees who are retiring. He stated it is bittersweet as we congratulate them, but we will also miss them. Trustee Wright attended the chancellor coffees and commented that the sessions were well attended with discussion on a wide variety of subjects. He enjoyed the IVC newly tenured faculty reception, OCSBA annual dinner, SC liberal arts outstanding recognition, and IVC campus community celebration. He applauded Nancy Montgomery on her Op-ed in the OC Register about the need for campus veteran resources throughout the state. Trustee Jemal attended coffees with the chancellor and encouraged people to attend and/or submit questions online. He visited the child development center at IVC and was thankful for the tour. He commented on the prestige of Trustee Milchiker's Marian Bergeson award stating it was well deserved and observing that Trustee Milchiker's public service record would make Marian Bergeson proud. The board has been engaged in interviews for a chancellor and they are hoping to have some announcements soon. Trustee Jay attended IVC's newly tenured faculty ceremony, the One Book, One College event, OCSBA dinner, and Dr. Burnett's retirement party. Trustee Prendergast attended Dr. Burnett's retirement event and is looking forward to commencement. He will attend the coffee with the chancellor event on Tuesday, May 16.
  • Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' written report included: Coffees with the Chancellor and Board of Trustees were held at both campuses and multiple subjects were discussed, including the PARS Supplemental Retirement Plan, chancellor search, training for employees, child development center, benefits, staffing plans, and employee onboarding. Facilities Planning is requesting proposals from technology consultants to develop college and districtwide standards and technical specifications to support infrastructure, audio visual, distribution frames and pathways, wireless access, and electronic locks. Human Resources attended several career fairs at Camp Pendleton- South to recruit for faculty, classified positions and managerial positions. Public and Government Affairs wrapped the chairing duties for Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force this year and also co-sponsored a Women in Politics event with California Women Lead to motivate and support the next generation of female politicians and public servants. The district raised $5,250 to enable students to participate.


  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included: The One Book, One College reading program featuring the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks culminated on Wednesday, May 3rd with an event that featured food prepared by the culinary arts program, an art display of projects inspired by the book, a dialogue with members of the Lacks’ family, and a book signing. The Awards and Recognition Ceremony will be held on May 17th.  Dr. Burnett will present awards to winners of the Presidents’ Award for Leadership and Innovation as well as honor newly tenured faculty, athletics accomplishments, student accomplishments, grant awards, professor of the year, adjunct professor of the year, Emeritus Institute professor of the year, classified staff of the year and more.  The VETS Program will hold their End of Year Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, May 17th.  The annual Saddleback College Scholarship Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 19th. The Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 26th.  KSBR’s Birthday Bash will be held in a new location this year at the Grove of Anaheim on May 28th.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included: Orange County's Vital Link recognized President Glenn Roquemore at the kickoff dinner of its 6th Annual STEM and the Arts Career Showcase. President Roquemore received the “Implementing A Vision” award honoring his leadership in the development of the Advanced Technology and Education Park. The award also recognized lVC's ongoing partnership with Vital Link. On May 11th, IVC recognized students, faculty, staff and administrators for their successes, achievements and contributions to their areas of study and the campus community. Students were recognized for their participation and accomplishments in different clubs and extra-curricular activities, athletics and academics. UCI will honor IVC Biology Instructor Meredith Dorner, Mathematics Instructor Sanjai Gupta, Economics Instructor Mark McNeil, Psychology Instructor Michael Cassens, Mathematics Instructor Miriam Castroconde, and Social and Behavioral Sciences Associate Faculty Diane Chang at the Educator Recognition Reception. Many student services departments held end-of-year celebrations to recognize students' academic achievements and contributions to the programs over the past year.




The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, May 21 at 7 pm.


South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Barbara J. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker,
T.J. Prendergast III, Terri Whitt, James R. Wright

Debra L. Fitzsimons, Interim Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Tere Fluegeman

Public and Government Affairs