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News: Pasadena Area Community College District Board Of Trustees Elected by Community

Four members of the Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees earned new four-year terms on Tuesday. Trustees Dr. Jeanette Mann, William E. Thomson, and John Martin defeated their opponents on election night, while trustee Linda S. Wah ran unopposed.

The PACCD Board consists of seven members and a student trustee. It is responsible for overseeing the performance of Pasadena City College, which serves more than 30,000 students each semester and provides vital educational services to the communities in the region.

Mann has represented Area 2, which covers Northeast Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre, since 1983. She was recently elected president of the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board and will serve on the 21-member board whose members provide guidance for the districts and colleges that constitute the system. The board meets five times a year to take action on education policy issues.

Thomson was first elected to the board on November 2007 to represent Area 4, which covers most of Pasadena. Thomson has a distinguished record of civic leadership, having served as the mayor (1988 to 1990) and councilmember (1981-1997) of the city of Pasadena, and as the chair and a member of the Rose Bowl Operating Company and the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. He led Pasadena’s successful efforts to secure major events for the Rose Bowl, including the 1984 Olympics, the 1987 and 1993 Super Bowls, and the 1994 World Cup.

Wah was selected to fill the Area 5 (San Marino, South Pasadena, Temple City) vacancy created by the departure of Dr. Hilary Bradbury-Huang in July of 2010. Wah, a San Marino resident, currently serves as a director at large for Women at Work, a non-profit career counseling center that helps women and men find employment. Previously, she served as a member in the National Organization of Women, the Affirmative Action Association of Women, and as president and board director of the California State University, Los Angeles Alumni Association.

Martin represents Area 6, which encompasses Temple City, and portions of Arcadia, Rosemead, and El Monte. He has been a member of the PACCD board since 1979. He is also the Managing Partner of John H. Martin L.L.C., a company that serves as a Contractual Chief Financial Officer for small business and does administrative work with the Kare Youth League in Arcadia.

For more information about the PACCD Board of Trustees, go to or call (626) 585-7202.

About Pasadena City College
Established in 1924, Pasadena City College has been serving the San Gabriel Valley for more than 87 years. PCC enrolls more than 30,000 students each semester and offers 60 academic and 76 Career and Technical Education programs. The main college campus occupies an idyllic 53-acre site, while the Community Education Center and Child Development Center are located in separate facilities. The college is renowned for its high student transfer rate, national mathematics and forensic honors, and extensive study abroad offerings. PCC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For more information go to

Release Date: 11/09/2011
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315