Board Highlights January 2016

January 25, 2016

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved hiring a new vice president of Instruction and heard reports on the Student Equity Plan and photovoltaic projects during its regular meeting on Jan. 21, 2016.

Rudy BesikofDr. Rudolph Besikof (pictured) will serve as the new vice president of Instruction starting Feb. 1, 2016. Currently the dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Valley College, Dr. Besikof has 27 years of experience in higher education. 

See also: MSJC Hires New Vice President of Instruction

Dr. Bill Vincent, vice president of Student Services, was joined by interim Vice President of Instruction Brandon Moore and Academic Senate Vice President Lorraine Slattery-Farrell to present the development of the college’s Student Equity Plan. The plan helps the college identify areas for improving successful outcomes for all students of various economic, gender or ethnic backgrounds. The planning process includes a shared-governance committee that represents all constituent groups (students, faculty, staff and administrators). Funding for the plan comes from the state Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Clyde Murley, solar program manager for the Community College League of California, gave a presentation on energy-saving photovoltaic projects. The Board authorized Murley to move forward with a plan to identify the best location on the San Jacinto Campus for a ground-mounted photovoltaic field. The photovoltaic field would take up about 10 acres and would generate more energy for the campus at a lower cost than placing solar panels on carports. The photovoltaic field will result in energy savings at that San Jacinto Campus.

The Board approved contracts for work under Measure AA with Converse Consultants for hazardous materials surveys and with Facilities Planning and Program Services to provide program and project management services for Measure AA bond projects.