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News: Pasadena Area Community College District Swears In Board Members, Elects 2012 Board Officers

Trustee Baum

The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees held its annual organization meeting on Dec. 15 to elect officers for the 2012 calendar year and to swear in newly elected members.

Four members of the board earned new four-year terms in November of this year. Trustees Dr. Jeanette Mann, William E. Thomson, and John Martin defeated their opponents on election night, while trustee Linda S. Wah ran unopposed.

Geoffrey L. Baum, who represents the City of La Cañada Flintridge, the west Pasadena neighborhoods of San Rafael and Linda Vista, and the western portions of Altadena (Area 1), was elected board president. He succeeds William Thomson, 2011 president and greater area Pasadena (Area 4) trustee.

“Working with this board is a tremendous honor and I look forward to us working together as a team and being very inclusive and very transparent in our operation,” Baum said. “I also look forward to keeping our focus on the priority which is our students and focusing how better we can serve them.”

Baum was first elected to board in 2001, and last served as its president in 2005. In 2009, the California State Senate voted unanimously to confirm Baum’s appointment to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Baum is serving a six-year term on the 17-member board, which sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 college districts and 110 campuses that make up the California Community Colleges system.

Since 2001, Baum has been part of the leadership team at the University of Southern California. He was assistant dean of USC's Annenberg School for Communication from 2001 to 2008 and now serves as managing director of the School's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

Martin, who represents Temple City and portions of Arcadia, Rosemead, and El Monte (Area 6), was elected board vice president. 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.

Arcadia (Area 7) Trustee, Dr. Anthony R. Fellow, was elected board clerk. He is chair of the Cal State Fullerton Department of Communications, the third largest department of its kind in the United States. A specialist in American media history and politics, Fellow was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. President's Commission in 2007.

Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Pasadena City College superintendent/president, was elected board secretary.

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. The board also voted to keep the day and time of regular board meetings to the first and third Wednesday of the month, with open sessions beginning at 7 p.m.

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

Established in 1924, Pasadena City College has been serving the San Gabriel Valley for more than 85 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.

Release Date: 12/15/2011
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315