The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees held its annual organization meeting on December 12 to elect officers for the 2013 calendar year.
John Martin, who represents Temple City and portions of Arcadia, Rosemead, and El Monte (Area 6), was elected board 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.
He succeeds Geoffrey L. Baum, 2012 president and Area 1 trustee overseeing the City of La Cañada Flintridge, the west Pasadena neighborhoods of San Rafael and Linda Vista, and the western portions of Altadena.
Arcadia (Area 7) Trustee Dr. Anthony R. Fellow was elected board vice president. He is a professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, where he was chair of one of the nation's largest university departments. A specialist in American media history and politics, Fellow was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. President's Commission in 2007.
Fellow is a former vice chair of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, California's second largest legislative body. He also is an officer on the executive board of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. He was vice mayor and councilman in the City of El Monte for seven years and ran for the California State Assembly.
Northwest Pasadena (Area 3) Trustee Berlinda Brown was elected board clerk. Before retiring, Brown worked as a health care professional for the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center for more than 30 years. An immigrant from Costa Rica, Brown first mastered English at PCC by attending night classes. She later earned an associate in arts degree at East Los Angeles College. Brown also holds a B.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She first joined the PACCD Board in 2009.
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 25,000 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 or go to http://www.pasadena.edu/board/contact.cfm.