December 2013


Mt. SAC Trustees Elect New Officers, New Trustees Installed

WALNUT, Calif.—At its annual organizational meeting on Dec. 11, the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees elected Fred Chyr as president, Dr. David K. Hall as vice president, and Judy Chen Haggerty, Esq., as clerk for a one-year term. Also new trustees Laura Santos and Robert Hidalgo were sworn in to four-year terms as the Mt. SAC governing board expanded from five to seven members as a result of district reorganization.

The vast Mt. SAC geographic district was restructured earlier this year into seven trustee areas, requiring each representative to reside in and be elected from those areas versus the historical at-large process.

President Chyr (District 5) was elected to the governing board in November 1995 and reelected in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. He last served as board president in 2009. He has nearly 30 years of experience in business and education and currently serves as Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the University of La Verne.

Vice President Hall (District 2) is the longest-serving trustee by one month over Chyr in that he was appointed to fill a board vacancy in October 1995. Two years later, he was elected to the position and was reelected in 2001, 2005, 2009 and this past November (unopposed). Hall previously served two terms as president of the Mt. SAC Foundation. Professionally, Dr. Hall is senior vice president of Hitchcock Automotive Resources, which owns and operates auto dealerships throughout Southern California.

Board Clerk Chen Haggerty (District 6) was elected to the board in 2001 and reelected in 2005, 2009, and this past November (also unopposed). She is the first Asian-American to serve as a trustee and a former president of the board. Trustee Chen Haggerty is a practicing attorney, law professor at Rio Hondo College, and the Law Area Chair for the University of Phoenix.

Trustee Santos was elected in November to represent the newly created District 3, which covers La Puente, Bassett, Baldwin Park, and Irwindale. She previously served on the Basset Unified School District Board since 2007.

Trustee Hidalgo was also elected in November to represent the newly created District 4, which covers most of West Covina and Valinda. He previously served on the Rowland Unified School Board of Education since 2005.

Completing the board membership are outgoing president Dr. Manuel Baca (District 7) and trustee Rosanne Bader (District 1). In addition, a student trustee (currently Karina Maureira), is elected annually by the student body to represent its interests on the board.

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