Dr. Manuel Baca was elected to the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees in 1999 and reelected in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Trustee Baca represents the newly configured Area 7, which covers Pomona and Diamond Bar, where he resides. During his tenure on the governing board, he has served multiple terms as president.
Trustee Baca’s professional experience spans the state university and community college systems. He currently teaches political science at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, where he has also held key academic and administrative positions, including an interim presidency.
On the state level, Dr. Baca is president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, which sets policy, establishes regulations, and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 112 colleges that comprise the nation’s largest public high education system. In addition to other appointed positions, he served on the California Community Colleges System Strategic Plan Steering Committee (2005) and the Student Success Task Force (2011), which led to the formulation and passage of the Student Success Act of 2012.
Trustee Baca earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at California State University, Fullerton. He earned a Ph.D. in education at USC and completed post-graduate work at UCLA.
Long active with civic, educational and business organizations within the greater San Gabriel Valley, Dr. Baca is a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Valley, a mentor with the El Monte Union High School District’s Graphic Arts & Communications Academy, and the executive committee of the Rio Hondo Boys & Girls Club of Bell Gardens. He has also been a member of the 32nd Congressional District's U.S. Military Academies Advisory Committee.
As a patron of the arts, Dr. Baca supports the Rio Hondo Symphony Association, the Mt. SAC performing arts program, the Mt. SAC Foundation, as well as the college’s astronomy program.