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March 16, 2003
Orange Coast College didn't have to look far for its new president. The search may have started that way, but it turns out the right person was already working for them. Heck, he was already the president. Despite previous retirements, Gene Farrell accepted the permanent position -- at least for a couple years. Through June 2005, at this point, Farrell will lead the Costa Mesa community college through some tough economic times. But with as much experience as he has, Farrell is the right man at the right time.
NEWS
September 12, 2002
Young Chang Just as many showed up this year. Femia Scarfone, president of the Associated Students of Orange Coast College, guesses that attendance might have even been slightly higher than last Sept. 11. It was a turnout that proved to organizers of OCC's Circle of Remembrance that while students have had exactly 12 months to mourn and heal, the terrorist attacks from a year ago will never be forgotten. About 2,000 students and faculty held hands and stood in a circle for a Sept.
NEWS
November 8, 2002
Deirdre Newman When Gene Farrell agreed to become the interim president of Orange Coast College this fall, he didn't realize he would preside during the passage of a historic bond measure. On Tuesday, the Coast Community College District's $370-million bond passed with 65% of the vote. The bond will fund facility improvements over 20 years at all three schools -- Orange Coast, Golden West and Coastline. OCC will receive the largest portion of the bond -- $200 million.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
Michael Miller The Coast Community College District passed two torches Wednesday night, as Mary Hornbuckle was sworn in as the fifth member of the board of trustees and Bob Dees as the new Orange Coast College president. Hornbuckle, a former Costa Mesa mayor and councilwoman, joined the board of trustees after the other four members chose her in an interview process last month. She replaces Paul Berger, a longtime member of the board who died in January.
NEWS
March 4, 2005
Michael Miller Gene Farrell, the president of Orange Coast College for the past three years, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the month. Farrell, 68, has worked in the Coast Community College District for 34 years. The district began interviewing candidates for his replacement this week and plans to have a new president when students return after spring break. "I've had a wonderful ride as president of Orange Coast College," Farrell said in a statement.
NEWS
February 27, 2003
Christine Carrillo Gov. Gray Davis walloped California's community colleges with a $38-million blow Wednesday, announcing yet another cut to the schools' budgets. The blow, which frustrated district and college officials throughout the state, was announced even though the state Legislature has yet to agree on an exact amount of midyear cuts for the fiscal 2002-03 year. The latest cut, resulting from underestimating the state's property tax revenue, struck 68 districts for no less than $62,000 each.
NEWS
January 25, 2003
Christine Carrillo With the weight of heavy budget cuts hanging over the Coast Community College District, Orange Coast College officials are looking for ways to lighten their $6 million load without piling up problems for their students. The OCC Planning and Budget Committee met this week to get the brain waves of division deans and department chairs moving in unison and fashioning alternative ideas to cutting nearly 1,000 sections for the 2003 to 2004 academic year.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
Christine Carrillo Nothing could stop Gene Farrell. Neither his retirement nor the dismal financial future for California community colleges could block his move from a temporary seat as interim president for Orange Coast College to a permanent one. Extending his temporary return to the district after nearly three years of retirement, the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees approved the search...
NEWS
April 19, 2003
Christine Carrillo College officials have responded to promising signs of a better financial future by working on plans to reinstate class sections for the fall, but haven't shaken that lingering notion that the college's grim fiscal future will stick around for the 2003-04 academic year. Orange Coast College officials continue to project $3-million cuts for the upcoming year and prepare for the loss of 1,000 course sections, but they may have stumbled across a turn for the better.
NEWS
March 15, 2005
HUMBERTO CASPA As soon as Gene Farrell announced his retirement from Orange Coast College, authorities in the district began the search for a new president. But what's the rush? Appointing a new leader from OCC's lower-rank divisions is the easiest way to fill the vacancy, however, is it the recommended road to take? To find the best person, the district ought to show commitment to involve everybody in the process, not only the top guys in the administration.
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NEWS
April 8, 2005
Michael Miller The Coast Community College District passed two torches Wednesday night, as Mary Hornbuckle was sworn in as the fifth member of the board of trustees and Bob Dees as the new Orange Coast College president. Hornbuckle, a former Costa Mesa mayor and councilwoman, joined the board of trustees after the other four members chose her in an interview process last month. She replaces Paul Berger, a longtime member of the board who died in January.
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NEWS
March 15, 2005
HUMBERTO CASPA As soon as Gene Farrell announced his retirement from Orange Coast College, authorities in the district began the search for a new president. But what's the rush? Appointing a new leader from OCC's lower-rank divisions is the easiest way to fill the vacancy, however, is it the recommended road to take? To find the best person, the district ought to show commitment to involve everybody in the process, not only the top guys in the administration.
NEWS
March 4, 2005
Michael Miller Gene Farrell, the president of Orange Coast College for the past three years, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the month. Farrell, 68, has worked in the Coast Community College District for 34 years. The district began interviewing candidates for his replacement this week and plans to have a new president when students return after spring break. "I've had a wonderful ride as president of Orange Coast College," Farrell said in a statement.
NEWS
April 19, 2003
Christine Carrillo College officials have responded to promising signs of a better financial future by working on plans to reinstate class sections for the fall, but haven't shaken that lingering notion that the college's grim fiscal future will stick around for the 2003-04 academic year. Orange Coast College officials continue to project $3-million cuts for the upcoming year and prepare for the loss of 1,000 course sections, but they may have stumbled across a turn for the better.
NEWS
March 16, 2003
Orange Coast College didn't have to look far for its new president. The search may have started that way, but it turns out the right person was already working for them. Heck, he was already the president. Despite previous retirements, Gene Farrell accepted the permanent position -- at least for a couple years. Through June 2005, at this point, Farrell will lead the Costa Mesa community college through some tough economic times. But with as much experience as he has, Farrell is the right man at the right time.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
Christine Carrillo Nothing could stop Gene Farrell. Neither his retirement nor the dismal financial future for California community colleges could block his move from a temporary seat as interim president for Orange Coast College to a permanent one. Extending his temporary return to the district after nearly three years of retirement, the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees approved the search...
NEWS
February 27, 2003
Christine Carrillo Gov. Gray Davis walloped California's community colleges with a $38-million blow Wednesday, announcing yet another cut to the schools' budgets. The blow, which frustrated district and college officials throughout the state, was announced even though the state Legislature has yet to agree on an exact amount of midyear cuts for the fiscal 2002-03 year. The latest cut, resulting from underestimating the state's property tax revenue, struck 68 districts for no less than $62,000 each.
NEWS
January 25, 2003
Christine Carrillo With the weight of heavy budget cuts hanging over the Coast Community College District, Orange Coast College officials are looking for ways to lighten their $6 million load without piling up problems for their students. The OCC Planning and Budget Committee met this week to get the brain waves of division deans and department chairs moving in unison and fashioning alternative ideas to cutting nearly 1,000 sections for the 2003 to 2004 academic year.
NEWS
November 8, 2002
Deirdre Newman When Gene Farrell agreed to become the interim president of Orange Coast College this fall, he didn't realize he would preside during the passage of a historic bond measure. On Tuesday, the Coast Community College District's $370-million bond passed with 65% of the vote. The bond will fund facility improvements over 20 years at all three schools -- Orange Coast, Golden West and Coastline. OCC will receive the largest portion of the bond -- $200 million.
NEWS
October 13, 2002
On Nov. 5, the Coast Community College District will ask voters to help it make much-needed facility improvements on its three campuses -- Orange Coast, Golden West and Coastline -- by passing a $370-million bond. The need will also compete with $13 billion the state will ask for on the same ballot. On Friday, City Editor James Meier visited Orange Coast College to discuss the bond and that college's projects with Interim President Gene Farrell. The district is asking for $370 million next month to fund facility improvements, about $200 million worth here at OCC. Tell me about those projects.
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