Open Forums for Chancellor Finalists May 12

Open forums for the four finalists for the Chancellorship of the North Orange County Community College District will be held at Cypress and Fullerton Colleges on May 12.

Tony Ontiveros, President of the NOCCCD Board of trustees, sent the following message to all staff:

“Questions from the audience are encouraged and your feedback via an online survey is welcome. Brief bios on the finalists and survey instructions will also be distributed at the forums. We strongly encourage you to attend if possible, but the forums will also be recorded for viewing on MyGateway. The online survey can be accessed at: All survey responses will be anonymous. The survey will only be available until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. This will allow the compilation of responses for the Board’s review.”

The intradistrict memo added that the Board will interview the finalists on May 13; they aim to announce their decision before the Spring semester ends.

The open forum schedule is as follows:

Cypress College – Fine Arts Recital Hall, Room 304
9 a.m. – Mark Rocha
10 a.m. – George Railey
11 a.m. – Monte Perez
12 p.m. – Andrew Jones

Fullerton College – College Center, Rms. 224-228
1:30 p.m. – Mark Rocha
2:30 p.m.- George Railey
3:30 p.m. – Monte Perez
4:30 p.m. – Andrew Jones

The finalists are as follows:

Dr. Andrew Jones
Jones served as Chancellor of the Coast Community College District from 2011-2014, and is currently a senior consultant for the Center for Innovation in Education. He earned his Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Temple University, master’s degree in Information Systems and bachelor’s degree in Economics, both from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Monte Perez
Perez has served as President of Los Angeles Mission College since 2011. He earned both his Ph.D. and master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California, and his bachelor’s degree in Social Science Government from California State University, Los Angeles.

Dr. George Railey
Railey has served as the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Institutional Effectiveness at State Center Community College District since 2012. He earned his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of the Pacific, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Music Education, both from Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Mark Rocha
Rocha served as Superintendent-President of Pasadena City College from 2010-2014, and currently serves as a consultant and project director for The LiRo Group, working for the New York Governor’s Office of Sandy Recovery. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California, his master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

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