Serban applying for Mt. SAC presidency

Cody Bashore, Editor in Chief

Superintendent-President Dr. Andreea Serban is among five finalists for the top position at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Suzi Hayward, executive assistant to the vice president of human resources at Mt. SAC, confirmed Serban’s candidacy 3 p.m. Wednesday. The college also lists her as a finalist on their website.

Serban told The Channels through her secretary that she would be unavailable for comment until she returned from vacation Friday.

If selected, Serban would replace current President-CEO Dr. John S. Nixon, who will be retiring in June. Serban spoke at a candidates open forum Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Serban was appointed superintendent-president in May of 2008. Decisions she made during her tenure became a campaign issue for the then challengers during the November trustees race. All four challengers were elected to the board.

The other finalists are Dr. Virginia R. Burley, vice president of instruction for Mt. SAC; Dr. Melinda Nish, vice president of instruction for Orange Coast College; Dr. William Scroggins, superintendent-president of College of the Sequoias; and Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji, vice president of student services at Mt. SAC.

Mt. SAC is about five miles southeast of Pomona, Calif.

In Nixon’s online profile written in 2008 he called Mt. SAC California’s largest single-campus community college district. The institution has some 2,900 employees and serves more than 65,000 students annually on a 420-acre campus, he wrote.