Board Highlights: Former VP of Business Services Returns to MSJC

A familiar face with decades of experience in community college finance is returning to Mt. San Jacinto College on July 20, 2009 as Vice President of Business Services.

Mrs. Becky Elam, who was MSJC’s Vice President of Business Services from 2000 to 2007, is replacing Dr. George Kozitza, who is retiring.

“I am very excited to be rejoining the team at Mt. San Jacinto College,” Mrs. Elam said. “I’m a native of the Hemacinto Valley with three generations of my family currently living in the valley. Working at Mt. San Jacinto College again will give me the opportunity to serve the students and community in meaningful and positive ways.”

Mrs. Elam said she is prepared to face the challenges the state’s economic hardships will bring.

“Looking at the state budget news, it’s clear there will be many challenges ahead, but I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work and do it in a thoughtful way with a focus on student learning and student success."  Mrs. Elam said.

Superintendent/President Roger Schultz praised the work of Dr. Kozitza, but also said he is thrilled that Mrs. Elam will step into that position.

“George has done an extraordinary job at keeping the college fiscally stable while the state continues to wrangle with economic issues,” Schultz said. “We will miss him and wish him well. But we couldn’t ask for a better transition than having Becky return to MSJC. We won’t miss a beat. Becky is a veteran here at MSJC. She is experienced in finance, especially at community colleges. Becky is transparent and ethical and just a pleasure to work with. I am pleased she will be a part of this team.”

Mrs. Elam is currently the Vice President of Business Services at Riverside City College.

She began her work in finance as a senior auditor specialist at Hughes Aircraft Company in 1981.

Mrs. Elam came to MSJC in 1990 as an accounting supervisor to assist with the construction administration of the Menifee Valley Campus. In 1995, she promoted to Dean of Business Services. Mrs. Elam became Vice President of Business Services at MSJC in 2000 and held that position until 2007, when she took her post at RCCD.

Mrs. Elam earned a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Cal State Fullerton.