Cerritos College News Releases 2011

Cerritos College board appoints Jean McHatton to fill vacancy

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Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878

NORWALK, Calif. -- June 9, 2011 -- The Cerritos College Board of Trustees voted yesterday to appoint retired school administrator Jean McHatton to the seat left vacant by the death of Bob Epple.

Of nine candidates to replace Epple, three were interviewed at the regular board meeting yesterday. McHatton was selected after a vote of the board, who heard from two other applicants for the empty seat.

McHatton, of Cerritos, is a retired director of curriculum at Whittier Union High School District.

In her presentation at the meeting, she said that student success is her priority. She also noted that her 41 years of experience as an educator will be an asset to the board as will her passion for education.

McHatton is no stranger to Cerritos College. She has served on the Cerritos College Foundation Board since 1999 and the Cerritos College Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee since 2004. She also served on the college's Presidential Search Committee in 2009.

Board Vice President Bob Arthur said McHatton impressed the board with her expertise in education and her many years of relationship with Cerritos College as a strong community advocate.

McHatton will be sworn in at the June 15 board meeting and will serve the remainder of the term which ends in 2012.

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.