Farewell to Dr. Carmen Cortez Dominguez

We are excited to announce that Dr. Carmen Dominguez has been selected as the new dean of fine and performing arts at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.  While we are happy for Dr. Dominguez, we are sad to see the departure of one of Saddleback’s highly accomplished faculty leaders.  When she came to the college in 1996 as a music instructor, the symphony orchestra had two members, no budget, and all of the equipment was 20 years old.  Since serving as chair of the music department, she has successfully expanded the college’s music program and staunchly advocated for new equipment.  Most notably, a 24 station state-of-the-art piano/keyboard lab, choral equipment, and a seven-foot Steinway grand piano, were donated to the college from the Nordstrom Corporation.  Last May she conducted the orchestra and college choirs in sold out performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational Phantom of the Opera and Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in the prior year.  During  her past 15 years with Saddleback, Dr. Dominguez has served and provided leadership on numerous college and district committees, including serving as president of the academic senate for four  terms.

Dr. Dominguez is one of those rare individuals who has made a tremendously positive impact on our students, college, and community and she will be missed by all of us.  We asked Dr. Dominguez if she had a departing message for everyone at the college and not surprisingly she said,  “Thank you for the last 15 years, it’s been a HOOT!”  Indeed, it has been a hoot all these years, and we wish Dr. Dominguez the very best at her new college home.

To thank Dr. Dominguez for her years of service at Saddleback College and to wish her the best of luck as the new dean of arts at College of the Canyons, you are cordially invited to attend a celebration in her honor on Friday, August 5th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the fine arts complex.  Click here for the invitation.

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