Board Highlights November 2014

November 17, 2014

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees renewed the Superintendent/President’s contract, said goodbye to one trustee and welcomed another and approved new faculty recruitment and a number of other items that will shape MSJC’s future as it moves forward with a voter-approved facilities bond.

During the regular meeting on Nov. 13, 2014, the board unanimously approved the renewal of the contract for Superintendent/President Roger Schultz. The contract extends to June 30, 2017. Schultz has worked at the district since 2001 and was first selected to serve as Superintendent/President in 2008. Schultz received an extended round of applause Thursday from trustees and members of the audience, including faculty, administrators, staff and students when Trustee Motte announced the contract extension.

Board Chair Ann Motte presented flowers to Trustee Gwendolyn Schlange, who decided to step down at the end of her term. Thursday was her last meeting as a trustee. The board and others in the room applauded Schlange and thanked her for more than two decades on the board. Schlange promised she would continue working hard to raise scholarships for students. “Tea with Gwen,” a Dec. 4 event hosted by the MSJC Foundation at the San Jacinto Campus library, will kick-off Mrs. Schlange’s scholarship drive. 

Motte invited Schlange back on Dec. 11, when the board holds its annual organizational meeting at 4 p.m. at the San Jacinto Campus. Bill Zimmerman will take the Oath of Office to serve Schlange’s former Trustee Area 3. Motte, who was re-elected to serve Trustee Area 4, will also take the Oath of Office during that meeting.

Trustees congratulated Motte and Zimmerman for their victories and praised Schultz, students, faculty and staff for the passage of Measure AA. The $295 million facilities bond is the first bond measure the college has passed since 1978.

Vice President of Business Services Becky Elam presented a facilities improvement update, which included a space inventory report. There are a total of 77 buildings in the district and 527,293 outside gross square feet, the document shows. 

Elam also provided the board with information on the new Growth Funding Allocation Model, prompted by SB 860. MSJC ranks second (just behind Imperial Valley College) in the state for receiving additional funding under this new model for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The new allocation model is based on factors that consider the rates for unemployment, poverty and college degree attainment, among other factors. MSJC will not know how much additional funding it will receive under this new model until the coming fiscal year (which starts July 1, 2015) draws near.

The Board approved starting the recruitment process to hire 22 tenure-track faculty members and updated mission and vision statements.

Approved mission statement:

“Mt. San Jacinto College offers 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 student success empowers students with the skills and knowledge needed to participate meaningfully in today’s complex world.”

Approved vision:

Transforming Learners. Transforming Communities. Transforming Lives.