December 12, 2014
The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees honored a former member, seated a new trustee and heard updates on student success initiatives and online education during the regular meeting on Dec. 11, 2014.
Former Trustee Gwendolyn Schlange returned this month as a member of the public after she decided to step down at the end of her term. Her last official board meeting was in November. Board Chair Motte presented Schlange with a plaque of recognition for her two-plus decades of service on the board. Superintendent/President Roger Schultz presented Schlange with an armful of awards and certificates from the offices of Congressman Raul Ruiz, Assemblyman Chad Mayes, State Senator Mike Morrell, and the entire Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
Trustees and members of the audience gave Schlange a standing ovation.
Bill Zimmerman took the Oath of Office to serve a four-year term on the board. He will represent Trustee Area 3, Schlange’s previous territory.
The board’s annual reorganization saw Trustee Motte chosen for a second consecutive year as board chair. Trustee Tom Ashley was chosen to serve as clerk of the board.
The trustees heard presentations on the Student Equity Plan and online education. They also heard a presentation on the Student Success Scorecard, a statewide initiative to increase transfer and degree/certificate attainment. MSJC is increasing in completion rates and other areas.
The board recognized faculty member Richard Sisk, who advanced from Associate Professor of English to Professor of English.
The board also learned that MSJC is preparing to offer casino training, solar, medical assisting and aviation and helicopter training through Continuing Education.