PCC's Jim Osterling Will Address the Future of Community Colleges in California in Talk This Week

Published : Monday, April 30, 2018 | 5:33 AM


James A. Osterling, Vice Chairman of the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees, will be the Rotary Club of Pasadena’s guest speaker Wednesday, May 2, during the Club’s luncheon meeting at the University Club of Pasadena.

As PCC trustee representing District 2 (Sierra Madre, Northeast Pasadena and East Altadena), Osterling will speak about the Pasadena Community College and the Future of Community Colleges in California.

In particular, he is expected to shed some light in the process of finding and selecting the new PCC Superintendent-President who shall take the place of Dr. Rajen Vurdien who’s retiring by the end of June after a three-year term.

Official PCC reports say the Board of Trustees has decided on a final candidate, Dr. Cliff Davis, vice chancellor of the Ozark Technical Community College System in Springfield, Mo., and president of the Ozarks Technical College Table Rock campus. Davis is expected to tour both PCC campuses and speak before the PCC during separate forums next Monday, May 7.

The Board is expected to make an announcement about the new Superintendent-President later in May.

Late last year, Osterling was tasked with helping find the new PCC superintendent, and stressed that the selection process was “actually the most important task that the board of trustee has.”

Osterling also serves the PCC Board of Trustees in the Audit and Budget, Board Policy and Facilities Master Plan committees.

He represents the PCC in the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association (LACSTA) and currently serves as President on the Executive Board. As such, he regularly participates in the state and national trustees conferences to advocate for issues impacting education and PCC.

PCC serves approximately 30,000 students each semester. It was named one of the top 10 community colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute and is the top community college in California for transfer degrees to four-year universities.

The Military Times has named PCC as the top school in California for military veterans.

Osterling will be introduced by George Farlardeau at Wednesday’s Rotary Club luncheon meeting starting at 12 p.m.

The University Club of Pasadena is at 175 N. Oakland Avenue in Pasadena.

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