A veteran administrator of higher education was named Monday as the new President/Superintendent of Mt. San Jacinto College.
After a special meeting at the Menifee Valley campus, the MSJC board of trustees announced the selection of Roger Wayne Schultz as the college’s permanent leader.
Schultz is MSJC’s current vice president of Student Services and has worked at the district since 2001.
“I am very, very pleased with our choice,” said Joan Sparkman, board president, after announcing the decision. “I think we have a known representative … and I am pleased that we have chosen Roger Schultz as the new president of Mt. San Jacinto College.”
Faculty members embraced the news. Dr. Phillip Morrione, an MSJC professor and chair of Music and Audio and Video Technology programs, said Schultz will be able to take the helm without any delay.
“He is people oriented,” Morrione said. “I know were going to enjoy working with him. It will be a wave of relief to have someone who’s been a part of the college for a long time who understands our needs and our communities. Roger is very well liked and trusted and those are the things that are important. He’s us, that’s what we like.”
The board held the special meeting Monday and met in closed session for nearly four hours to interview three finalists for the post. One candidate withdrew for personal reasons. Schultz and Barstow Community College President Clifford M. Brock were the two finalists.
The board voted 4-to-1 in favor of Schultz, with Trustee Ann Motte dissenting.
Schultz was offered a two-year contract as Superintendent/President. His start date and salary are still to be determined.
Schultz said he was honored and inspired to be selected to lead the “dynamic and exciting” Mt. San Jacinto College. He praised the faculty and instructional programs at MSJC and described the board, management team and staff as strong.
Schultz also said he was pleased the district serves communities so rich in history and diversity.
“I look forward to working with the board and leadership of the college to begin to craft the college’s future,” Schultz said. “I am also eager to get out into the communities the college serves and to meet with our partners to gain their input and strengthen those relationships.”
MSJC has been searching for a new superintendent/president since February 2007. A hiring committee comprised of college faculty, administrators and community members helped choose the new president. The process was delayed for a variety of reasons, including windstorm damage and the high number of community colleges in the state searching for a new leader.
Schultz will replace Dr. Jon Tyler, who has served in an interim capacity since 2007. Tyler is retiring after Schultz takes the helm.
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 Philosophy/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.
Trustees Eugene Kadow and Gwendolyn Schlange agreed that Schultz was the best candidate over all. Schlange described Schultz as experienced, honest and dedicated. Kadow said Schultz was an excellent choice to guide MSJC into the future.
“The mission of Mt. San Jacinto College is to provide quality, educationally enriching experiences, programs and opportunities designed to empower students to serve as productive citizens in a dynamic and complex world.”