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President Announces Retirement

Bill Scroggins holding first gen pennant

October 03, 2022 - 12:04 AM

Lifelong educator and higher education administrator Dr. William T. Scroggins intends to retire as president of Mt. San Antonio College after 12 years. He will step down on June 30, 2023.

“My time here at Mt. SAC has been a labor of love,” said Scroggins, who has spent nearly 50 years in education. “The people that make up the Mt. SAC family have made my tenure as president the most rewarding experience of my career. It has been my pleasure to provide leadership to the most outstanding community college in California and to oversee a team of dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and managers who have been the heart and soul of that success.”

On July 1, 2011, Scroggins took office as the ninth president and CEO of Mt. SAC, California’s largest single-campus community college district. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented growth. The college expanded its academic offerings, working with industry to ensure graduates were prepared to hit the ground running in more than six dozen new programs, including drone piloting and social justice.

The college also grew student services, focused on cultivating the college’s equity and student success initiatives, launching a Pride Center, Equity Center, Veterans Resource Center and more. The physical campus has also transformed during Scroggins’ term thanks to bond measure initiatives that built modern, cutting-edge learning environments rivaling that of four-year universities. Perhaps most significantly, Scroggins guided the college through its years-long recovery from the Great Recession as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dr. Scroggins is a truly visionary and transformative leader who will be greatly missed,” said Judy Chen Haggerty, president of the college’s Board of Trustees. “He has done an exceptional job empowering teams to expand programs and services, cultivating resources to reshape the campus, and steadily leading the college through some of the greatest challenges the college has ever experienced. He will leave an enduring legacy of growth and resilience at the college.”

Prior to joining Mt. SAC, Scroggins served as superintendent and president of College of the Sequoias in Visalia. He also served as interim president for two years at Modesto Junior College, where he was vice president of instruction for five years. Joining Mt. SAC was a homecoming for Scroggins. He is an alumnus of La Puente High School, attended Mt. SAC, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree in chemistry at UCLA and his doctorate in chemistry at UC Riverside. 

The recruitment process for a new president/CEO has started, with the hiring of PPL Incorporated as the search consultant. PPL will conduct a comprehensive national search that will include broad input at several key points in the process. 

The tentative timeline highlights for the recruitment/selection are:

Late September/early October

Search criteria survey

November/December/mid-January

Advertise and recruit

Mid-January/mid-February

Paper screening

Determine those to invite for interview

February

Interview with search committee

March

Finalist forums

Determine those to invite for Board interviews

Final interviews with Board

April

Reference checks

Board selects new President/CEO

July

New CEO assumes role