Board Highlights January 2017

January 20, 2017

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of an interim vice president of Student Services and approved revised mission and values statements.

The Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. John Colson to serve as interim vice president of Student Services through June 30, 2017. Dr. Bill Vincent retired from this position last month after serving MSJC since 2009. Dr. Colson brings more than 20 years of experience in the student services field. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Toccoa Falls College and his master’s degree in religion and doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia.

MSJC Board of Trustees approved a revised mission statement. MSJC conducts a regular review and revision of its mission and assesses how well the institution meets its mission for all parts of the community. The revised and approved mission statement is:

“Mt. San Jacinto College offers quality, accessible, equitable and innovative educational programs and services to students aspiring to achieve their academic, career and personal development goals.
We provide students a safe environment in which to pursue basic skills, career and general education pathways. Our programs lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates, which meet workforce development needs in our diverse communities.
Our commitment to learning and achievement empowers students to enrich our communities and participate meaningfully in today’s complex world.”

Trustees also approved the Values Statement:

“We are students, employees and a community. We believe that the act of teaching and learning is vital to a thriving community that enriches and, at times, saves lives. We commit to opportunities that inspire the following values in ourselves:

Excellence – We challenge students by setting high standards for learning and critical thinking, which we model with action.
Collaboration – We believe the best results are achieved through communication and participation among students, employees, industry and the community we serve.
Relationship – We nurture a community built on positive interactions and a genuine concern for the welfare of others.
Innovation – We cultivate a creative environment that promotes the development of new ideas for continuous quality improvement.
Relevance – We create educational experiences that have meaningful applications in a local and global context, today and tomorrow.
Access – We ensure equitable rights of all students by removing barriers to a quality education and promoting a network of support that improves learning opportunities.
Leadership – We empower people throughout the community to support and facilitate positive change.
Diversity – We respect and embrace the power of sharing our differences in thought, opinion, culture and background to optimize our collective strength.
Integrity – We believe in being true to our core values by consistently demonstrating our character and an institutional commitment to do the right thing.”