Pasadena College Hosts First of Three Forums Presenting President-Superintendent Candidates

Published : Monday, November 26, 2018 | 3:35 PM

L-R: Erika A. Endrijonas, Ph.D., J. Arturo Reyes, Ed.D and Kimberlee S. Messina, Ed.D.

Pasadena City College on Tuesday will hold the first in a series of Candidate Forums to present three final candidates for the position of the College’s Superintendent-President before the campus community and the public.

The forum is an opportunity for each of the candidates to present his or her philosophy and vision for leading the community college that has been serving Pasadena and the rest of the West San Gabriel Valley for 94 years.

PCC currently enrolls more than 29,500 students each semester and offers 107 academic degree programs and 72 career education programs to its students. The college serves one of the most culturally diverse student populations in the nation, and college sets the stage for students to meet the demands of a changing world.

On November 9, Anthony R. Fellow, President of the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Area Community College District, announced the names of three California community college leaders who have been selected as final candidates for the college’s next superintendent-president.

The candidates are Dr. Erika A. Endrijonas, Dr. Kimberlee S. Messina, and Dr. J. Arturo Reyes.

Dr. Messina will be Tuesday’s guest in the first Candidate Forum, which will be in two sessions – one at 12 noon, and the other at 5:30 p.m. The forum will be held at the PCC’s Creveling Lounge.

Messina served as the vice president of instruction and institutional research and interim president at Foothill College from 2011 to 2016 before joining the San Mateo County Community College District as interim vice chancellor of educational services and planning. As vice chancellor, her primary focus has been on strategic planning, student equity, and the development and implementation of guided pathways.

Messina’s career path includes service as an adjunct faculty member, a tenured Spanish instructor, a two-term academic senate president, and an instructional dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Santa Rosa Junior College. She currently serves as a member of the technical assistance committee for the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, a member of the board of the Association for California Community College Administrators, and chair of that organization’s Management Development Commission.

A native of Sacramento, Messina holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in Spanish from CSU Sacramento and a doctorate in educational leadership from UC Davis.

On Wednesday, November 28, Dr. Reyes will be on the Candidate Forum, and Dr. Endrijonas will be on Thursday, November 29.

PCC’s Superintendent-President is the chief executive officer of the Pasadena Area Community College District and reports to a seven-member Board of Trustees.

The Superintendent-President is the District’s administrative leader and is responsible for overseeing the entire District’s operations, including planning, budget, supervision of academic programs, administrative services and student services, and the evaluation and oversight of key administrative personnel.

Last year, current Superintendent-President Dr. Rajen Vurdien announced he was retiring effective June 30, 2018. PCC’s Board started a search process for the next PCC head in October last year and enlisted the help of a Campus Screening Committee made up of a cross-section of campus constituent organizations, as well as engaged a management consultant to help the nationwide search.

When the Board failed to find a replacement on time, the trustees asked Vurdien to delay his planned retirement until a successor has been selected. In May, the Board said they had elected to negotiate a contract with Vurdien to stay on through the search, but no later than June 30, 2019.

The Board of Trustees is expected to make a public announcement about a final candidate at its December 12 business meeting.

To learn more about each of the three final candidates, visit Pasadena City College Board Names Three Finalists for Next Superintendent / President.







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