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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2013
Board of Trustees Appoints Steve Zimmer to Fill Open Seat
The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees has appointed local real estate attorney and former Newhall Land and Farming Co. executive Steven D. Zimmer to fill the recently vacated Board Seat No. 5.
The appointment was made Monday, Jan. 14, following a special open-session meeting during which 13 local applicants were interviewed by the board’s current members.
“The number and quality of candidates who applied for this position were impressive,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “It was an honor for our district to have such a field of outstanding community members desire to serve on the board.”
Following his official inauguration -- to be held prior to Feb. 1 -- Zimmer will fill the seat vacated by former member Scott Wilk, who was elected to the California State Assembly in November.
“I personally look forward to the dynamism Mr. Zimmer will bring to the board as we enter an extraordinarily busy and exciting time here at College of the Canyons,” said Dr. Van Hook, “including everything associated with the beginning of a new academic term; the ongoing work on the Culinary Arts fundraising campaign; continued advocacy on state budget issues; the construction of the college’s new Student Services/Administration Building; the continued growth of the Canyon Country campus -- and whatever new opportunities the future may bring.”
A longtime resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, Zimmer served as an executive at The Newhall Land and Farming Co. from 1999 to 2011, heading several of the company’s major development projects.
Zimmer currently operates his own law practice, in addition to serving on the boards of several organizations such as the Child and Family Center and the California Building Industry Association.
In addition, he and his wife, Doris Marie Zimmer, are both longtime members of the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors.
Zimmer holds a bachelor of science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctor from University of California, Hastings.
Due to the current election schedule for governing board members, Zimmer’s board seat will require him to run for re-election twice within the next 36-month period. The next regularly scheduled election due to affect Board Seat No. 5 is currently scheduled in November 2013.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the Santa Clarita Community College District, which serves more than 20,000 students per semester and provides vital educational services to a 367-square-mile area, which includes the communities of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The board generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of the month.
A full list of meeting dates, member profiles and board policiesis available at www.canyons.edu/board.