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Mt. SAC Trustees Pick New President, Vice President

Manuel Baca, who has served on the board since 1999, will serve as board president, Fred Chyr as vice president, and David Hall as clerk.

At its annual organizational meeting on Dec. 12, the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Manuel Baca as president, Fred Chyr as vice president, and Dr. David K. Hall as clerk. They will serve one-year terms, effective immediately.

Baca was first elected to the board in 1999 and reelected in 2003, 2007, and 2011.  He is a career educator with over 30 years of experience within the state university and community college systems.  Currently, Baca teaches government and business law/management at Rio Hondo College and has held numerous administrative positions there including interim president.  

On a statewide level, he currently serves as President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, which sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 112 colleges.   The Diamond Bar resident has held leadership positions with numerous organizations including the Kiwanis of Walnut Valley, Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles (charter member), the Rio Hondo Symphony Association, and the Los Angeles and Bell Gardens Boys & Girls Clubs.

Chyr was elected to the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees in November 1995 and was reelected in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011.  He last served as Board President in 2009.  He has nearly 30 years of experience in business and education and currently serves as Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the University of La Verne.  He has been an active member of the Industry Manufacturers Council, Diamond Bar Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.  The Hacienda Heights resident has served as an executive volunteer at Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Hall is currently the longest-serving member of the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees. He was appointed to the Board in October 1995 after serving two terms as President of the Mt. SAC Foundation.  He was later elected to four-year board terms in 1997, 2001, 2005, and most recently in 2009.  He is Chairman of the Human Resources Committee for the City of Industry’s Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance.  He has served 20 years on the San Gabriel Valley YMCA’s Board of Directors, including two terms as its President. He currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Oversight Committees of the Successor Agencies to the City of Covina and City of San Dimas Redevelopment Agencies.  Professionally, Hall is Senior Vice President of Hitchcock Automotive Resources, which owns and operates auto dealerships throughout Southern California.

The other Mt. SAC trustees are outgoing president Rosanne Bader, trustee Judy Chen Haggerty, and student trustee Elisa Marin.

--Mount San Antonio College

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