|From left, Bill Garrett, Mary Kay Rosinski, and Edwin Hiel|
Garrett, a retired El Cajon city manager, has served since 2008 as board president for the East County college district, which enrolls about 28,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.
Also picked at Tuesday’s meeting was Mary Kay Rosinksi for her second term as vice president and Edwin Hiel as 2016 board clerk, replacing Greg Barr in the post.
Garrett thanked fellow trustees for their support and said the board’s cohesiveness and collegial relationships are key to its strength, as well as the support and trust it has built over the years with faculty and staff
“Bearing the gavel is not without its challenges, particularly with the occasionally polarizing issues that are brought before us, but we share a respect for one another as trustees and a commitment to helping students reach their educational goals,” said Garrett, who joined the Governing Board in 2004.
He added that much has been accomplished by the district under the leadership of Chancellor Cindy L. Miles, whom he credited for the colleges’ strong focus on student success and innovations including the East County Education Alliance, a partnership with the Grossmont Union High School District designed to provide high-schoolers with a smoother path to college.
“This district is well-regarded throughout the region and the state, and the stellar guidance she has demonstrated for the past nearly seven years is greatly appreciated,” Garrett said.
The Governing Board will be holding its regular meetings in 2016 on the third Tuesday of each month, except for the September and December meetings, which will take place on the second Tuesday of the month, and the March meeting, which will take place on the third Wednesday. The board meets at Griffin Gate at Grossmont College in even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October and December) and at the student center at Cuyamaca College in alternate months.