Former Mt. SAC president Dr. Randall dies

Dr. John Randall, Mt. SAC's fifth president, speaks at a graduation ceremony in the 1980s.

June 07, 2024 - 12:00 AM

Mt. San Antonio College mourns the loss of Dr. John (Jack) D. Randall, who died on June 2, 2024, at the age of 93. In June 1977, Dr. Randall became the fifth president of Mt. SAC.

A mathematics major, Dr. Randall received his bachelor's (with distinction) and his master's (with great distinction) from California State University, Long Beach. He completed his Ed.D. in 1972 at the University of Southern California, with a major in higher education, especially community colleges.

Dr. Randall joined the faculty at Cerritos College as a mathematics instructor in 1959. He was a member of the Student Accountability Model Consortium, which developed a student follow-up model for occupational students, and the California Community Colleges Occupational Programs Evaluations Systems. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern California Community College Television Consortium, the Association of California Community Colleges Administrators, the Southern California Instructional Deans, the National Council of Mathematics Teachers, the mathematical Association of America, and the Association of Cerritos College Administrators.

President Randall earned a local reputation as a strong leader in the wake of Proposition 13 and budgetary cuts in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He also is credited with maintaining Mt. SAC’s fiscal stability. He later earned statewide recognition, serving as president of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges as an Interim Chancellor of the 107-college system. Dr. Randall was instrumental in the passage of AB 1725, the Omnibus Community College reform bill, which included new funding for the state’s community colleges.

During his tenure, Mt. SAC became the largest single campus community college in California.

Dr. Randall retired in 1991. He continued to work, however, at many community colleges throughout the state in interim administrative positions.

Services are unknown at this time.