Announcing Saddleback College’s New Dean of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering: Dr. Christopher McDonald

After a nation-wide search, Saddleback is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Christopher McDonald as the new dean of mathematics, science, and engineering. Dr. McDonald is sure to be an excellent successor to Dr. Jim Wright and serve the college and students very well.

Dr. McDonald began his tenure at Mt. San Antonio College in 2002 as a mathematics professor and was chair of the department beginning in 2008.  In this capacity, he provided leadership and oversight of the operations, services, and instructional programs for a department serving more than 8,500 students each semester and includes 40 full-time faculty, 44 adjunct faculty, and four full-time classified personnel.  Also as department chair, he managed the strategic planning, budget, scheduling, student learning outcomes assessment, program review, associate degree, course articulation, student petition, and curriculum development processes for the department.

An Aspire mentor, Dr. McDonald served as an advocate for traditionally underrepresented community college students at Mt. San Antonio College.  He mentored students on transfer programs, general education requirements, and university applications, and helped students build social capital and establish university contacts.

Also at Mt. San Antonio College, Dr. McDonald served as director of the faculty association, where he advised the executive board on contract and constitution matters, trustee elections, faculty evaluations, and faculty grievance procedures.  He was also a senator at large on the academic senate, where he authored several resolutions involving course repetition petitions and faculty hiring procedures, and drafted the initial charge for the professional ethics and standards committee.

Prior to joining Mt. San Antonio College, Dr. McDonald was a lecturer at California State University, Pomona and a mathematics teacher at Centennial High School.  Dr. McDonald earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree, both in applied mathematics, at California State University, Pomona and a doctorate in education from University of Southern California.

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