Board of Trustees Approves Contracts

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 12 approved contracts for three top administrative positions.

The board voted unanimously to approve the contracts for the positions of Superintendent/President, Vice President of Instruction and Vice President of Business Services. Trustee Ann Motte was absent.

Roger Schultz will take his post as MSJC’s new superintendent/president on June 16, 2008, according to the terms of the three-year contract the board approved. Schultz will earn $190,800 a year.

Schultz, most recently the vice president of student services, has worked at MSJC since 2001. Schultz will replace Dr. Jon Tyler, who has served in an interim capacity since 2007. Tyler is retiring.

Schultz received a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication. He is working on his dissertation and expects to receive a doctorate in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University this year.

Schultz’s experience in higher education dates back to 1988, when he worked at the University of Southern California for several years. He also served as dean of Admissions, Records and International Education at Long Beach City College.

The board also approved the contract for Dr. Dennis Anderson, who was hired as the permanent vice president of instruction beginning June 13, 2008.

An experienced community college instructor, Dr. Anderson has more than 30 years of service in the classroom as a professor of theatre. Prior to being appointed as vice president of instruction, he also served as chair of the theatre arts department and as dean of academic programs for the San Jacinto Campus.

In 2004, Dr. Anderson was awarded the Mark R. Sumner Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Outdoor Drama Movement from the Institute of Outdoor Drama at the University of North Carolina for his work as artistic director for the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre. Dr. Anderson has also received numerous awards for his community service from the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto, California State Assembly and Senate, and the United States House of Representatives. MSJC recognized him as the outstanding staff member in 2005.

A graduate of Hemet High School, Dr. Anderson holds an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a masters degree in drama from the University of Southern California, a bachelors degree in theater from the University of California, Riverside and an associates degree in humanities from MSJC.  In 2007, Dr. Anderson completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

A veteran in the public education sector was hired as the college’s vice president of business services. George Kozitza, who will begin working on July 1, 2008, served as interim vice chancellor at West Valley-Mission Community College District in Saratoga since April 2007 before joining MSJC.

Kozitza has worked at the South San Francisco Unified School District, serving as associate superintendent and then as superintendent during his four-year tenure with the district. Among his other posts, Kozitza has served in the business departments at Vallejo City and San Francisco unified school districts, served in a top post at Western Oregon State University and Marin Community College District. He also was a professor of education and mathematics in higher education, was an elementary school teacher and a high school teacher.

Kozitza earned his doctorate in educational administration from CSU Los Angeles.

Kozitza replaces Dennis Hogan, who is retiring.