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Six Weeks Until Commencement and Much to Do!

It is hard to believe that we are already in the month of April with commencement just six weeks away! This last month has been especially engaging and challenging for me splitting time between the interim executive vice chancellor/provost role and meeting the leadership needs at PVCC. I have a much greater appreciation of the system complexities as well as the continued organizational potential that MCCCD can achieve through greater system-college collaborations and communication.

I am on campus weekly Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings (and virtually 24-7!) – as well as getting to as many events as possible. Recently I enjoyed the Women’s History Month “Take Back the Night” rally and spending time with our newer faculty at a recent CSPP meeting engaging in a conversation about positive social change.

I have two important PVCC opportunities “on my mind” this week.

Last week over seventy-five faculty, staff, and students engaged in the 19th Annual President’s Advanceduring which time we discussed two major topics: 1) the revision of the PVCC Strategic Plan and 2) updating our approach to enrollment management. Findings from our sessions will be distributed shortly and your continued input and feedback is appreciated.

This week, the PVCC Employee/Retiree Annual Campaign will come to an end. My thanks to Ellen Hedlund for her Campaign leadership. This year, 100 percent of my contribution is going to the PVCC Employee Excellence Fund that will now be fully endowed. Beginning next year, it will be my pleasure to provide cash awards out of this fund to PVCC employees for recognized innovative work to increase student success. My deepest thanks to those who have already given. I encourage all of you to contribute to a PVCC fund that supports our good work to serve students.


President’s Advance

On Tuesday, March 29th you have the opportunity to participate in the 19th Annual President’s Advance during which time we will engage in two critical conversations addressing the following: a) What are the most important aspects and directions to be included in the PVCC 2016-2019 Strategic Plan? And b) What are the three to five most important strategies that will ensure we reach our desired enrollment targets over the next three years?

The President’s Advance is one of the most critical opportunities to engage in shared governance – to have a personal and professional say about the future of PVCC.  In preparation for the President’s Advance, I urge you to reflect on two additional questions: 1) What is the one most important aspect of PVCC that we must do exceptionally well to be successful over the next three years? And 2)  What is the one most important aspect of PVCC that we do exceptionally well that none of our competitors do?

Register online from an “on-campus” computer at: by Friday, March 25, 2016! If you are attending as a department or RSVPing from an “off-campus computer” please email your RSVP

I look forward to seeing you at one of the President’s Advance sessions on March 29.

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