On Monday we kicked off the start of the 2013/2014 academic year at Saddleback College. As I mentioned throughout last week including at the faculty breakfast, associate faculty dinner, and classified staff luncheon, the next 12 months promise to be an exciting period in our college’s history. The title of this year’s Annual State of the College is The Next Five Years. For a copy, please click here. In 2018, Saddleback will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and over the next year we will be greatly determining how our college will look in five years. After impressive accomplishments for Saddleback over the past five years due to the tremendous efforts of our students, faculty, staff, management, and community, we are ideally positioned to take our college to the next level of success. The coming year presents many opportunities for our college community to shape the future of Saddleback by finalizing our new six-year strategic plan, instituting college-wide efforts for enhancing student success, developing a comprehensive enrollment management plan, creating a model economic and workforce development plan, and supporting employee success. Together our efforts over the next five years can ensure that Saddleback is the first choice college for attaining degrees, certificates, transfer, basic skills, and life-long learning.
During this past week’s Flex Week activities we were pleased to introduce to the college community our 15 new full-time faculty and 16 new classified staff, as well as our new vice president for instruction, director of technology services, student payment and veterans office manager, grants and contracts manager, director of annual giving, and police chief. We are excited to welcome these new additions to our Saddleback Family and look forward to working with them. To see a listing of all new employees, please click here.
Also this past week, we were pleased to present the 2013 Annual Report for our Saddleback College Foundation that highlights many accomplishments made over the past year and beyond. I am particularly proud to highlight the fact that our foundation raised a record amount of scholarship funds last year. We awarded 326 students a total of $509,790, which was a 50% increase over the prior year. For a copy of the Saddleback College Foundation 2012/2013 Annual Report, please click here.
Saddleback had another successful year in 2012/2013, and the coming year promises to be equally successful. The past five years have been highly successful, and the next five years will also be highly successful if we continue walking down the same path. In 2018 our college will turn 50, and I am confident that we will not only be celebrating Saddleback’s golden anniversary, but also the tremendous accomplishments of our students, employees, and community. Saddleback will be the state’s leading community college for student success, and we will be the first choice college of our community and beyond.
Thank you for all that you do each and every day for our students. Have a wonderful fall semester!