Dr. Burnett reflects on his time at Saddleback in State of the College

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, released his final State of the College today.

The report, “We Did This Together,” focuses on how the college has improved during his nine years as president. Dr. Burnett retires today.

“I am extremely proud of the fact that each year our college has made great progress in serving our students and community. I have always believed that you cannot have student success without employee success, and it is for this reason we have tried to devote as many resources as possible for professional development, training, and support of our faculty, staff, and management,” he stated in the report.

Among the college’s successes are: doubling the number of annual degrees and certificates awarded; leading the $15 million Orange County Career Pathways Partnership; creating the High School Partnership Program; developing preliminary plans for the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Education at the district’s Advanced Technology and Education Park in Tustin; forming a unique partnership with Cal State Northridge to synchronize KSBR and KCSN on our shared channel of FM 88.5; adding more degrees for transfer and career technical education degrees and certificates; increasing financial aid 450 percent to $33 million; completing the new award-winning state-of-the-art Sciences Building; expanding professional development, training, and other support for our full and part-time faculty, staff, and management; and raising over $24 million for the Foundation.

The top 10 projects for the year are: student equity and achievement gap; K-career pathways; College Promise; non-academic barriers to student success; facilities; human resources; budgets; district culture; district structure; district behavior.

“We have created a unique culture of excellence at Saddleback, and the fruits of our labor will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of students and other members of our community for decades to come,” Burnett said in an email to the college today.

To read the full 2017 report, visit www.saddleback.edu/president/annual-state-college.

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