Rajen Vurdien was selected by the Board of Trustees to be the next president of PCC during a special board meeting on Sunday afternoon.
Vurdien, who is the current president at Fullerton College, will take over as president in June if he accepts the board’s offer.
The board’s decision was unanimous, according to a PCC press release that was sent out after 4 p.m. on Monday.
“The board is pleased that our selection process worked so quickly and so well and thanks everyone involved for their hard work,” board president Berlinda Brown said in the release.
Former Interim Superintendent Robert Miller, who was in the running for the job, will return to his previous position as senior vice-president of business and college services.
“The board also sincerely thanks everyone involved for their hard work,” Brown said in the statement.
Miller said in an email that he was “disappointed” with the board’s decision.
“I am disappointed but respect the decision of the Board,” Miller said. “I love this college and community and will continue to work in the best interest of students. I look forward to working towards an orderly transition to Dr. Vurdien’s leadership and helping to assure his success.”
Student Trustee Marshall Lewis made it clear that he was unhappy with the outcome.
“The board was in the position to make the right decision supported by students, faculty, staff and the community,” Lewis said. “And they failed—again.”
Board members did not immediately return emails requesting comment.
Academic Senate president Eduardo Cairo mentioned that he was encouraged that the senate would continue moving forward under the new president as he announced the selection of Vurdien to the Academic Senate during their meeting today.
The Faculty Association will begin negotiations with the District once again in the fall of 2015, according to FA president Julie Kiotas.
“I do not know Vurdien, but in my brief time in meetings with him, he seems to be very reasonable,” she said. “I hope that we can find common ground and continue towards a positive working relationship.”
Vurdien has been the president at Fullerton College since 2010 and before that was vice president of instruction at Saddleback College for six years. He also currently sits on the executive board of the California State University Fullerton Doctor in Education Leadership program.
Patricia Hsieh, president of San Diego Miramar College, was the third finalist being considered for the superintendent job.
Additional reporting by Matthew Kiewiet.
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