Board Highlights | June 8, 2017

June 14, 2017

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved the appointment of a vice president, extended child care services at the Menifee Valley Campus and approved a tentative 2017-18 budget during its regular meeting on June 8, 2017.

Appointment of Vice President of Student Services

The board approved the appointment of Dr. John Colson to serve as Vice President of Student Services. Dr. Colson had been serving in that role on an interim basis since January 2017, after Dr. Bill Vincent retired in December 2016.

Dr. Colson brings more than 20 years of experience in the student services field. He received his bachelor’s degree from Toccoa Falls College. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Georgia and his doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Colson served as the Assistant Dean for Campus Life at Charleston Southern University for 2.5 years. His responsibilities there included security, student affairs, student clubs and organizations. He also advised the student senate and oversaw housing, where they had 1,500 students in the residence halls.

His career took him to Waycross College in Georgia for six years as the Director of Student Life. At the two-year college, Dr. Colson supervised student clubs, organizations, intramural athletics, judicial affairs, crisis counseling, Phi Theta Kappa and he advised the student government association.

Following that position, Dr. Colson served for 2.5 years as Vice President of Student Affairs at Bainbridge College, another two-year college in Georgia. His responsibilities mirrored those at Waycross, but also added enrollment management, admissions, records, financial aid and counseling. Code of conduct and adjudication were also under his division.

In 2006, Dr. Colson came to California and served as the Vice President of Student Services at Grossmont College. He served in that capacity for 5.5 years. There he had the same responsibilities he had at Bainbridge, but also added intercollegiate and intramural athletics, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Extended Opportunities Programs & Services, judicial affairs and TRIO.

He briefly returned to Georgia as a consultant to shore up student services in higher education. He returned to California in 2013 to serve as Coastline College’s interim Dean of Counseling and interim Vice President of Student Services.  

Dr. Colson is a certified Title IX investigator through the Association of Title IX Administrators, or ATIXA.

Dr. Colson has served on several boards, including the Citizens Against Substance Abuse. He was also a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club in both Bainbridge and Waycross, Georgia. He served as the club president while he was at Waycross. While at Charleston Southern, he was able to organize students and work with them on community projects, such as building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, Dr. Colson has been an active member of Toastmaster’s International.

Child Care Services Resolution

The board voted to extend childcare services at the Menifee Valley Campus for one year, allowing time to reevaluate enrollment levels and district subsidies to the center. The action was taken after the board heard from several students and employees who spoke against a proposed resolution to reduce the child care services at the Menifee Valley Campus.

Under the resolution, education for child care and development would have continued at the Menifee Valley Campus, but child care services would have been offered exclusively at the San Jacinto Campus beginning on June 30, 2017. The resolution was proposed due to low enrollment at the Menifee Valley Campus center and increasing costs for safety and security. The district would have saved $650,000 in 2017-18 that would have been required for facilities enhancements.

The board heard a report about possible reduction in child care services during its May 2017 meeting.

Tentative Budget               

During the June 8 meeting, the Board of Trustees adopted a tentative $86,208,681 million General Fund budget for 2017-18.
The unrestricted General Fund pays for operations, materials, supplies, salaries and benefits, among other things. The District’s total $208,583,882 million budget includes funds that are restricted for use in specific areas. The budget includes funds from facilities bond Measure AA. MSJC budgeted for serving 12,597 full-time equivalent students.
Highlights of the budget:

  • Newly Hired 11 faculty, 2 non-teaching faculty and 13 replacement faculty members due to retirements
  • Increase to STRS/PERS employer contributions
  • 7 percent Board Reserve

The final 2017-18 budget will be presented to the Board of Trustees for adoption in September.

Americans with Disabilities Act Resolution

The board adopted a resolution acknowledging MSJC’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements regarding the development of a transition plan.