OCEANSIDE — The four recently elected MiraCosta College board members were sworn in Dec. 10 during the last meeting of 2014.
Incumbents Jeanne Shannon, David Broad and William Fischer were re-elected, and Rick Cassar was voted in to his first term.
Cassar thanked voters for their support on his election website, electrickcassar.com.
“I want to thank everyone who donated their hard-earned time or money, who voted, walked a precinct, waved a sign, sent an email or helped spread the word in any manner,” Cassar said.
“I am not only dedicated to making MiraCosta College the best community college in California, but I am also committed to raising the bar for all community colleges, because we serve a diverse body of students who put their future in our hands.”
Cassar comes from a hardworking family, and was the first one to graduate from college.
He has worked as a professor and counselor for San Diego Miramar College and San Diego City College for 30 years, and served on the Cardiff School District board of trustees, and San Diego Community College District Budget and Planning Committee.
He also served on the San Diego Community College Academic Senate, District Budget Committee and Academic Affairs Committee, and held the position of department chair for nine years.
Through his three decades as a teacher and counselor said he has observed the positive impacts of higher education firsthand.
“I believe in the California Community College system,” Cassar said.
“We can take a late bloomer who may have dropped out of high school and give him or her basic skills classes that open the door to a world of possibilities.
“We build good citizens. We influence creative thinkers. We create a workforce that makes businesses successful,” he said.
Cassar represents Trustee Area 2, which includes Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Rancho Santa Fe.