Greater Irvine Chamber Salutes Dr. Glenn Roquemore for his Leadership

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

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Dr. Glenn Roquemore has completed his 17-year tenure as President of Irvine Valley College (IVC), and will return to teaching at Saddleback College in fall 2020, according to the South Orange County Community College District.

The Greater Irvine Chamber salutes Dr. Roquemore for his exceptional leadership in the community while at the helm of IVC.

“Five years ago, when the Chamber was preparing to launch a more fulsome and proactive workforce development committee, Dr. Roquemore, then a Chamber Board member, stepped up and assumed leadership,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber. “We are grateful for his service to education and the community, and his ability to connect the two in meaningful ways.”

Working with Cynthia Lenahan, director of Organizational Development and Learning, Edwards Lifesciences; John Kurth, president, Syntactics Sales Scripting, and other community leaders, Dr. Roquemore combined the valuable resources of Irvine Valley College with the resources and support of local businesses to generate data about workforce preparedness and raise awareness. This essential baseline of information and data resulted in a first-ever forum featuring Dr. Roquemore along with Irvine Unified School District Superintendent Terry Walker and UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, and headlined by Edwards Lifesciences Chairman and CEO Mike Mussallem. This research and survey work informed many of the successful and award-winning programs in effect today including Career Edge, a series of soft skills workshops focusing on skill development in practical critical thinking and problem-solving, business etiquette, workforce behaviors, and business communications.

Other programs that flourished under Dr. Roquemore’s leadership include Irvine Career Discovery Day, introducing high school students to 21st-century job opportunities in Irvine’s life science, technology, digital media, and aerospace sectors; Financial Forum, coaching Irvine middle school students in the basics of budgeting, money management, and investment; and the Business Outreach Rally, the Chamber’s award-winning business retention outreach aimed at helping businesses grow. 

Dr. Roquemore’s commitment to connecting business with education served as an inspiration for all the committee’s research, work, and programs. His leadership and support of the Chamber’s work to better prepare students for the workplace will carry on. The Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are grateful for his expertise, time, and dedication to this purpose.  

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