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News: Statement by Dr. Fellow in Response to Press Inquiries

The Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Area Community College District announced a week ago that Dr. Mark Rocha, Superintendent-President of the District and Pasadena City College, would retire from his position effective August 31, 2014. Dr. Anthony R. Fellow, President of the PACCD Board of Trustees, had the following comment regarding the terms of agreement between Dr. Rocha and the Board of Trustees:

“The terms of the severance package are in the best interests of all parties. The financial and other components are consistent with severance terms for U.S. chief executive officers overseeing organizations with budgets of over a hundred million dollars.

Dr. Rocha was hired at a time when strong leadership was needed for the District. The College had had three presidents in as many years, infrastructure progress had stalled, and the state was suffering a severe financial crisis.

Dr. Rocha completed long-stalled construction projects, saw reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation and won agreement on an educational master plan through shared governance.  Despite challenges and concerns that Dr. Rocha faced from various College constituent groups, with the support of the Board, he continued in his mission to improve the College.

After four years of dedicated service, the Board and Dr. Rocha agreed that his leadership had brought PCC to a place where the reins could be turned over and in order to maintain the momentum his leadership created, it is in the best interests of both the College and Dr. Rocha for him to retire from PCC to pursue teaching and writing.  In the spirit of this mutual decision and in recognition of his service to the College, he and the Board reached agreement on terms for his retirement.

The Board of Trustees congratulates Dr. Rocha on his achievements at PCC, and wishes him well in his years beyond his service here.”


Release Date: 08/14/2014
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