Improving Student Learning for 40 Years
I’ll bring 20 years experience as a community college administrator and 20 years as a high school English teacher and school librarian to my service as a school board member. I also interned at Muir Elementary School in Long Beach as part of my school library credential program and served on the Orange County Grand Jury.
Record of Accomplishments
As Dean of the Library and Learning Resource Center at Cerritos College, I hired, supervised and evaluated faculty and support staff; managed large budgets in good and lean years; and promoted reading and educational technology to benefit students of diverse and rich cultures. I successfully won millions of dollars in state funds to rebuild the library. Then I initiated a capital campaign to raise over $300,000 to purchase an online information system giving students and faculty access to rich electronic resources. I also won unanimous support from the Faculty Senate, College Budget Committee and College Board of Trustees for a $200,000 annual book budget, still the largest of any community college in the state.
NEWPORT HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
Recognitions and Awards
At Newport Harbor High School, after teaching English to students of all ability levels for 12 years, I was appointed school librarian. In 1985, the Parent Teachers Association presented their Annual Service Award to me for outstanding service to the school. In 1986, my school library won the John Cotton Dana International Library Award from the American Library Association. Given annually to approximately 15 libraries out of more than a hundred public, university and school libraries that apply, Newport Harbor was the only school library to win in 1986.
In 2002, I was elected president of the California Academic and Research Library Association (CARL) whose membership represents the UC’s, CSU’s, California Community Colleges and independent universities and colleges. In 1994, I was elected president of the California School Library Association (CSLA). I was also elected to the state boards of the Council of Chief Librarians – California Community Colleges, and the Learning Resources Association – California Community Colleges.
I was appointed to the California Reading and Literature Project State Policy Board (1994-97). I also served as the Governor’s appointee to the Education Council on Technology in Learning State Board (1996-98) that oversaw Digital High School grants and other technology funds.
Service to the Community
While on leave from Newport-Mesa USD, I served on the Orange County Grand Jury, where I chaired the General Services Committee. I authored two major reports. The first was on the county supervisors’ acquisition of a new computerized vote counting system that failed to perform as promised. The second was on the county’s controversial plan to expand John Wayne Airport.
EDUCATION AND FAMILY
Commitment to Lifelong Learning
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (1967) and Master of Arts in Communication Arts (1972) from Loyola University, Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University), and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Southern California (1981). I was inducted into the Beta Phi Mu International Library Honor Society in 1982.
Married 42 years, my wife Dianne and I have two children. They attended public schools from kindergarten through UCLA. We were both active in our children’s schools serving in PTA’s and on school site councils.