(Left to right) LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, past Board of Trustee President Jeff Kellogg and newly elected Trustee President Otto. Photo courtesy of Long Beach City College.
The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees elected new board leaders during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.
Doug Otto, an attorney with a private practice in Long Beach, was elected as board president.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and a law degree from the University of Chicago, according to a press release.
Otto is also the founder and past president of both the Long Beach Foundation for Architectural and Cultural Heritage and Long Beach Heritage.
He was elected as District trustee for Area 4 in 2004.
“I am deeply honored that my colleagues have selected me as the 2015-2016 President for the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees,” said Otto. “This is going to be terrific year at Long Beach City College with the opening of impressive new instructional facilities, expansion of the Long Beach College Promise, the rollout of new professional development programs for our staff and much more. We’ve challenged ourselves, as a Board and a campus, to continue to improve and ensure that even more students succeed in meeting their educational goals. I’m looking forward to leading the Board during this exciting time.”
Long-time educator Irma Archuleta was elected as vice president of the board. She currently serves as vice president of student affairs for Evergreen Valley College.
She attended Compton College and graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) where she earned her bachelor’s degree in human studies with an emphasis on bilingual education and a master’s degree in public administration, the release stated.
She has taught political science and ethnic studies courses at the CSU and community college level. She was appointed as the district trustee for Area 2 in 2014.
Otto and Archuleta will serve in their positions for one year, officials stated.
This story was updated on Thursday, July 30, at 12:40PM with a quote from Doug Otto.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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