Former PCC Board President, Area 1 Candidate for Re-Election Ross Selvidge Stops Campaigning

Published : Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 4:13 PM

Sandra Chen Lau, at left, and Dr. Ross Selvidge

Former Pasadena Area Community College Board of Trustees President Dr. Ross Selvidge told Pasadena Now on Saturday he is abandoning his effort to win re-election to the Area 1 seat he has held since 2015.

“I am not going to be doing any more campaigning,” Selvidge said by phone. He would not speak on the record about the reasons for his decision.

His opponent in the June 5 election, Pasadena resident Sandra Chen Lau, said she was “surprised” when Selvidge called her to tell her “he would cease campaigning.”

“He did not share his reasons with me, but I respect his decision and I take him at his word,” Chen Lau said.

Chen Lau, a museum executive and non-profit development consultant, pointed out that Selvidge’s name will appear on the ballot.

“He still has all the advantages of incumbency. So it is still possible to lose this race if we let our guard down,” Chen Lau said. “Similar things have happened in the past.”

Chen Lau said she intends to continue here campaign and take nothing for granted.

“My job between now and June 5th is to let voters know why we need a change of leadership on PCC’s Board of Trustees,” Lau said. “That’s what I will be doing.”

The Area 1 seat represents the City of La Cañada Flintridge, West Pasadena and the western portion of Altadena.

When she announced her campaign in March, Chen Lau said she was proud to be part of a generation of women stepping forward to provide new leadership.

“I decided to run because I believe so strongly in PCC and its mission,” Chen Lau said. “I’m an example of a student whose life was turned around by community college, and I want future students (including my own two kids) to have the same opportunities I had – or better!”

Chen Lau praised PCC as an excellent school, but also said it has serious problems.

“Yet another President resigned recently. We’re now looking at six presidents in less than ten years,” she said.

Chen Lau said that as a Trustee her goals would be to work to rebuild campus morale and stability, to focus on success for all students – including returning veterans, and to build for the future within a strong framework of fiscal responsibility.

“For over a decade I worked in higher education, helping run successful development campaigns at UCLA, USC, and Pacific Oaks College. I currently serve on the PCC Foundation Board, and on PCC’s Pacific Islander Advisory Council. I’m also Associate Vice President of the Japanese American National Museum and serve on Pasadena’s Northwest Commission,” Chen Lau said. “I am well-prepared to address these issues and to provide the leadership PCC needs.”


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