OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College’s board of trustees recently elected David Broad as board president and Jeanne Shannon as board vice president.
Both have served as board members for three years and will serve one year in elected positions.
Broad is a native of England, an Oceanside resident and a board representative of Area 6.
He is a retired general manager of Genentech, which produces biological drugs for the treatment of cancers and immune disorders.
While working at Genentech in 2001, Broad reached out to MiraCosta College and helped set up a biotech-certificate program to train workers for the IDEC/Genentech facility.
After his retirement from Genentech in 2008, Broad became president of the MiraCosta College Foundation and has been active in the foundation’s fundraising efforts.
About 60 percent of MiraCosta students work while they attend college and 36 percent of students receive financial aid.
“I’m passionate about the education community college provides,” Broad said. “In Britain you don’t have anything similar.”
Broad describes community colleges as taking the top 100 percent of the class and not leaving behind a student who has the desire to learn.
“Many students come from tough backgrounds and are working so hard to improve their lives,” Broad said.
Shannon, the newly elected vice president, is a Carmel Valley resident, and board representative of Area 1.
She manages her own accounting and tax practice and teaches accounting and tax classes at the University of San Diego and University of Phoenix.
“As vice president I hope to help assist the board and continue to serve the college by providing leadership on issues like student success and growth,” Shannon said.
Broad said this year MiraCosta College would focus on the student success movement, which strives to improve the success rate of community college students.
The movement pushes community colleges to fine-tune their efforts to help students achieve a certificate, degree, or prepare to transfer to a university.
A challenge is community college students come from a wide range of backgrounds and have distinctly different education goals.
Broad said the Oceanside campus focuses on training students in certificate programs and the San Elijo campus in Carlsbad focuses on educating students for university transfers.
“I believe that the student needs in Area 1 are different from the other areas,” Shannon said. “In Area 1, many of the graduates of Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest go onto four year schools.”
“The students in the Oceanside area are from more disadvantaged families and their needs are very different.”
Part of the student success movement requires every student to declare a major of study and set learning goals.
“Community colleges have had open access for everybody to get into any class since1960,” Broad said. “The majority of students were not college ready in English, math or both. That is no longer acceptable.”
In addition to focusing on improving its student success rate, MiraCosta College is also continuing to expand its facilities to accommodate growing academic demands.
“MCCC (MiraCosta Community College) is very much concerned with student success,” Shannon said.
“We would like them to have the classes available to them and to do so without any wait lists.”
A new science building with laboratory space was recently built on the Oceanside campus.
“The biggest issue had to do with lab space,” Broad said. “The lab was full day and night.”
Another new science building is under construction at the San Elijo campus. It is expected to be open for classes next fall.
“MiraCosta is in an excellent place right now,” Broad said. “We have a balanced budget, have invested in new science buildings to meet the burgeoning demand for classes in the sciences, and are intently focused on student success.”
“It’s an exciting time to be here.”