Irvine Valley College to Welcome New President

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

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(Orange County Register)

John C. Hernandez will become Irvine Valley College’s new president on August 1, pending approval of his contract by the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees. Hernandez has worked as the president of Santiago Canyon College since 2016.

South Orange County Community College District Chancellor Kathleen Burke has recommended her board of trustees appoint Hernandez after a nationwide search to replace Glenn Roquemore, who left the job in October 2019 and is now the president of California Southern University in Costa Mesa.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. John Hernandez and have all the confidence that he will lead Irvine Valley College in the next wave of progress and development,” Burke said in the district’s May 28 press release.

No details about Hernandez’s contract were available May 28, as it is subject to change by the board, district spokeswoman Letitia Clark said.

Hernandez has been the president of Santiago Canyon College in Orange since July 2016. Before that, he had worked as the college’s vice president for student services for 11 years.

Hernandez couldn’t be reached for comment. But before his public candidate forum on May 7, he said Irvine Valley College’s “commitment to student equity in both access and achievement” matches his values and record.

As president of Santiago Canyon College, Hernandez has grown the school’s enrollment, especially among international students, said Marvin Martinez, chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.

“He has made the campus not just into a local campus that meets the need of the community, but also an international campus,” Martinez said.

Martinez said he’s happy for Hernandez as he moves forward in his career. He expects to have a national search to fill Hernandez’s position by July 2021, just as the district is doing for the Santa Ana College president position, Martinez said.

Current Santa Ana College President Linda Rose has announced she will retire July 1 after four years in her position. Santiago Canyon College Vice President of Academic Affairs Marilyn Flores has been chosen to fill Rose’s position in the interim.

For both president positions, Martinez said he hopes to find leaders who can be flexible as they steer colleges during the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath.


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