Board Highlights

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees heard updates on the search for a new college president, listened to a presentation on demographic information and rejected a proposal for an energy management system.

The board met Thursday, March 13 at the Menifee Valley campus. Joan Sparkman, board president, was absent.

Interim President Jon Tyler told the board that the district received 20 applications for the position of president/superintendent of the college by the March 4 closing date. Of those, between 14 and 17 candidates met the minimum qualifications for the job. Tyler said the district is screening the applications and hopes to have a pool of candidates for the board soon.

Charles Hawkins, associate dean of research, presented demographic information. MSJC’s enrollment has increased nearly 80 percent between 1997 and 2007, 4.5 times more than college growth statewide, he told the board. The district ranks in the top ten of the fastest growing colleges in the state. People under the age of 25 make up 55 percent of the district’s student population. Women make up 62 percent, he said.

The district’s recommendation to move forward with a $2.5 million Energy Management System project, which would have implemented energy conservation measures and reduced electrical demands, was rejected. Trustees Ann Motte and Dorothy McGargill rejected the proposal. Motte said she did not receive an audit report on the project. The district would have received incentives of about $250,000 for the project.

MSJC instructor Christopher Sleeper was identified by one of his former MSJC students as an instructor who made the most significant impact on the student’s academic performance and the student’s successful transfer to UC Irvine.  Sleeper’s name is listed on UC Irvine’s web site “Wall of Fame” http://www/due.uci.edu/walloffame and he will be honored at an Educator Recognition Reception on April 25 at UCI, Dennis Anderson, interim vice president of Instruction, told the board.

Roger Schultz, vice president of Student Services, said the San Gorgonio Pass Service Center is scheduled to open this month. A Banning/Beaumont chamber mixer is scheduled for April 24 at the center on Ramsey Street across from Sizzler in Banning.

Schultz also praised MSJC’s men’s basketball team for receiving first place in the Foothill Conference.

The Temecula Education Complex will open in April, Dennis Hogan, interim vice president of Business Services told the board. A marquee for the Menifee campus is on the way and the Administration Annex that will house Public Information/Marketing, Research and Grants will open March 17 on the northeast side of the San Jacinto campus, he said.