By Madison Salter
Jeffery Kellogg, Sunny Zia, and Virginia Baxter will be sworn into the Board of Trustees on July 29.
The first official meeting for the new Trustees will be on July 29.
According to the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans’ website, Zia will be the first elected Iranian American to hold a public office in Long Beach.
Zia and Baxter also will be the first two women to serve on the board in eight years. The last woman trustee on the board was Dianne McNinch, who served from 1996-2006.
Baxter said regarding her position with the LBCC Foundation, “Yes I will definitely be keeping my position. As the Viking reported before there would be a conflict of interest. But no there wouldn’t be.”
Baxter also said she’s happy to be succeeding women trustees like Judy Powell, who served from 1988-1996.
Student Trustee Andrea Donado, regarding her relationship with the board, said, “We have disagreements all the time. It’s important to have experience regardless of the issues.”
Donado will attend her last board meeting May 28.
Meanwhile, Damon Dunn will oppose Robert Garcia, former LBCC public relations manager and speech teacher, for mayor of Long Beach. The election will be Tuesday, June 3.
Garcia finished first and Dunn second in the preliminary election on April 8. Former Trustee Gerrie Schipske and Trustee Doug Otto fell short in the election.
Trustee Roberto Uranga was elected to the Long Beach City Council from the 7th District so seat 2 on the Board will be open. Uranga received a total of 2,950 votes which put him at 50.9 percent, avoiding a run-off election.
Richard Garcia, associate director of public relations and marketing, said, “In general, the two options to fill a vacancy on the Board are to appoint an individual to fill the remainder of the term or to hold a special election.”
Also, LBCC Executive Vice President Lou Anne Bynum will be appointed to the Harbor Commission. The Cal State Long Beach alum has served as a board member for the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, the Long Beach Downtown Business Associates, the St. Mary Medical Center Hospital Advisory Board and Los Angeles County BizFed Institute.
Former LBCC political science teacher Eugene Goss was elected to serve on the Sierra Madre City Council. He was sworn into office April 22.