By Chris Fujita – Cougar News Staff Writer
Santa Clarita Valley residents will hit the voting booths on Tuesday to fill, among other positions, seats 1 and 3 of the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees.
The Board serves a number of functions including handling the College’s finances, hiring and evaluating the Chief Executive Officer of the District and creating and monitoring the Colleges’ policies.
Running for the seat 1 spot are Michael Berger, current Vice President of the College of the Canyons Foundation, Brian Koegle, an attorney and also on the COC Foundation Board, John Dortch, a County Administrator and Robin Bryce, and Instructional Aide.
Berger and Koegle have the bulk of endorsements behind them, ranging from various local Republican associations to local businesses and individuals like Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Senator Tony Strickland, respectively.
Speaking about everything from expensive textbooks to parking issues, Berger said, “as an alumnus, I understand some of the difficulties students are experiencing right now… I will do everything I can to help with some of the big issues they’re facing.” Berger promises an “open door policy” under which students can bring their concerns to him at any time.
In a statement released by Koegle, he said he pledges to “find new, creative funding mechanisms to fill the gap between students’ needs and state funding resources and to develop additional community partnerships with local businesses which benefit from a well-educated, trained work force housed in the SCV.”
Vying for seat 3 are Randy Moberg and 16 year incumbent Joan MacGregor.
Moberg, the third candidate on the COC Foundation Board, comes as a challenger hoping to provide the Board with his personal business-oriented perspective. “I can bring additional resources to the school,” said Moberg, “I want to bring more business-relevant opportunities to students.” Moberg said that he would push to resurrect COC’s journalism program, which has been merged into the more general Media Entertainment Arts department.
If Moberg is a new face , MacGregor is the veteran. She says she knows the job inside and out, “we need experienced leadership for these difficult economic times… we’ve handled the budget cuts really well,” she said. As the current President of the Board of Trustees, MacGregor has been on the board since 1993.
Board member terms last four years and the elections for the 5 seats are staggered, taking place on odd numbered years. Seats 2, 4 and 5 will be open in 2011.
Cougar News attempted to contact John Dortch and Robyn Bryce for this story but was unable to get a comment.