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Bill Garrett selected for 11th year as Governing Board president

Posted on: Dec 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Contact: Anne Krueger anne.krueger@gcccd.edu

For the 11th year in a row, Bill Garrett was selected Tuesday night as president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board.

Board member Edwin Hiel was elected vice president, and board member Debbie Justeson was selected to serve as clerk of the board.

Garrett, a retired El Cajon city manager, has served on the Governing Board since 2004. He was initially appointed to fill a vacant seat, then was re-elected three times by East County voters.

In September, the college district presented Garrett and his wife, Judy, with the newly-created Bill and Judy Garrett Civic Leadership Award to honor their leadership on district boards and their financial support of Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students. Judy Garrett served on the foundation boards for both colleges beginning in 2007, and when the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges was formed in 2011, she served for three years as its president.

Garrett said he has seen many changes at the colleges in his time on the board, from the physical transformation of the campuses as the result of bond-funded construction to the increased focus on student success and equity that ensures more students reach their educational goals, in addition to the partnership with the Grossmont Union High School District through the East County Education Alliance.

“Our Governing Board members wholeheartedly support our district’s mission of transforming lives through education,” Garrett said. “I’m honored to be a member of this Governing Board and to be a part of this district.”

The Governing Board will be holding its regular meetings in 2018 on the third Tuesday of each month, with the exception of September, November and December, when meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of each month. The board meets at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate in even-numbered months and at the student center at Cuyamaca College in alternate months.

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