Anthony R. Fellow Elected President of the PCC Board of Trustees

Published : Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 3:07 PM

Dr. Tony Fellow, a Cal State Fullerton professor, long-time water board director and former city councilman, has become president of the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees.

The Arcadia resident said he will devote most of his energies in the search process for a new president. Current president Dr. Rajen Vurdien announced his retirement earlier in the year. He plans to leave PCC July 1.

“PCC is the jewel among the nation’s colleges,” Fellow said. “The Aspen Institute, for one, named PCC earlier in the year as one of a handful of colleges being considered for its prestigious award. It is an innovative campus of nearly 40,000 enthusiastic students, faculty, staff, and trustees all pushing to make PCC an outstanding place to prepare for a career or four-year university.”

He also said he is proud of the legacy of many of its graduates including baseball great Jackie Robinson, Cal Tech and JPL scientists, and its many students who have gone on to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, USC and the Cal State Universities as well as those who are now establishing their own businesses because of PCC’s professional programs.

Fellow said PCC is committed to student success. It was one of California’s first community colleges to promise free first-year tuition to in-district students. The state now is footing the bill for first-year community college students.

Fellow is a professor of communications and former chair of the Departments of Communications and Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Fullerton. He also taught in CSUF’s Department of Political Science and was a lecturer at USC for five years. He is author of five books, including American Media History, now in its third edition, the Copy Editors Handbook for Newspaper, Writing in a Multimedia World, and his recently published Tweeting to Freedom, An Encyclopedia of Citizen Protests and Uprisings Around the World.

He is also one of the longest serving directors on the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, where he has been instrumental in beginning the Valley’s first recycled water project, conservation and educational programs, and forest restoration projects which brings young people to the Angeles National Forest to clean out streams and plant native oak trees to protect the water byways. He also sat on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for 17 years, rising to vice president of the board of directors. He was just named to the governing board of the Association of California Water Agencies, California’s leading voice on water issues.

Fellow is a former vice mayor and councilman of El Monte, where he pushed green belts and parks and helped bring in the Home Depot and other businesses to the city.

He received a master’s and doctoral degrees from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California where he was a Walter H. Annenberg Fellow. He also holds a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton, and had done graduate work in Soviet and Latin American politics. His doctoral dissertation was among the first in the nation to look at the impact of new technologies on political campaigns. He held the Vercelli Chair of American Media History at Vercelli University in Italy, one of the highest Fulbrights in Italy.

Fellow founded The Florence Program, a summer session and fall semester study abroad program, considered the largest and most successful program in the state system.

He began his professional journalism career with the Thomson newspaper chain, the largest in the world. At the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, he was a reporter specializing in presidential politics. He covered the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. While a journalist, he was under contract with Universal Studios as part of the television series Kingston Confidential with Raymond Burr.








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