The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, which oversees College of the Canyons, named Bruce Fortine as board president, filled its other board officer positions, and set its 2016 meeting schedule during its annual organizational meeting held Wednesday night.
Fortine is a founding board member, having been elected to the college district board when it was founded in 1967. He stepped off the board in 1973 when he accepted a staff position at the college. When his career carried him away from Santa Clarita, and then back again, Fortine was re-elected to the board in 1991, and has served continuously since then. Altogether, he has 35 years of service to the district.
“It’s an honor to be chosen unanimously by my fellow board members to serve as board president for 2016, and I am proud to be part of this college’s incredible development for much of my career,” Fortine said. “Driven by innovation, and defined by excellence, College of the Canyons has grown to become one of the most highly regarded community colleges anywhere.”
“I appreciate Bruce’s leadership, and the consistent, dedicated service he provides as a member of the board of trustees,” COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook said. “He is a tireless supporter of the college who is always looking to expand our partnerships and possibilities in the community.”
The board members also filled their other officer positions Wednesday. They voted unanimously to select Steve Zimmer as vice president, and Michael Berger as clerk, for the coming year.
The board set its meeting dates for 2016, as follows: