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6/14/2013 6:00:00 AM
New Superintendent/President named at Palo Verde College
The Palo Verde Community College District (PVCCD) Board of Trustees announced Dr. Donald G. Wallace as the incoming Superintendent/President at their May 14 Board meeting after a semester-long national search process.
The Palo Verde Community College District (PVCCD) Board of Trustees announced Dr. Donald G. Wallace as the incoming Superintendent/President at their May 14 Board meeting after a semester-long national search process.
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BLYTHE - On July 1, Palo Verde College (PVC) will have its first permanent president since former CEO, Dr. Jim Hottois, retired in December 2011.

The Palo Verde Community College District (PVCCD) Board of Trustees announced Dr. Donald G. Wallace as the incoming superintendent/president at their May 14 Board meeting after a semester-long national search process.

In a recent conversation with Wallace, he commented, "I am extremely grateful to the Board of Trustees for their confidence in hiring me for this important position and to the members of the college and the community who participated in this decision. I am grateful to all those who have diligently brought Palo Verde College to its current place of prominence in this community and I am looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community and Palo Verde College as we advance the legacy of this impressive institution even further."

Wallace replaces Denise Whittaker, who has been serving as the interim superintendent/president since January 2012.

Wallace is well prepared to take on the challenges and opportunities at PVC. He has 20 years of experience in higher education administration including five and a half years as vice-president of Administrative Services and Student Support at Cosumnes River College, 10 years as director of Facilities Management at Mt. Hood Community College, and six years in Facilities Management at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Wallace has a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) with major emphases in public sector budget and finance as well as the principles of organizational development, organizational structure, and change. He also has a Ph.D. in Education with major emphasis in community college leadership.

Wallace joins Palo Verde College after 18 months of financial challenges. The college has addressed nearly all of its major financial challenges and a conscientious debt service plan has been developed so that this aspect is no longer a lingering shadow of concern.

As a result of the district's financial challenges, the Accreditation Commission placed PVC on probation in February 2012, and in February 2013, the sanction was lifted as the college had demonstrated financial and operational stability.

Goals for PVC's future are similar to those at most community colleges: maintaining accreditation, increasing enrollments, maintaining the 50 percent law compliance, addressing the Student Success Task Force recommendations, addressing at-risk student needs, maintaining fiscal stability, refining and maintaining the Program Review and Student Learning Outcome assessment processes as they relate to integrated strategic planning, and maintaining academic, student support, and operational integrity.

Palo Verde College's Board of Trustees and employees said they welcome Wallace to the desert valley and look forward to a prosperous era under his leadership.


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Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Article comment by: Don't Count it

"Let's be honest now", many political people aren't honest! It's a game and people are the pawns..(deleted)

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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: Let's be Honest now

So the debt is no longer a concern? Did it just disappear? When do we START paying it back? Maybe This President will be honest with us and tell the truth.



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