By Ramon Lontok and Tonia Ciancanelli

Staff Writer and Managing Editor

As a member of LBCC’s Board of Trustee, Jeff Kellogg has to face his own share of criticism from the public, especially in light of the political events that has shaped the current semester at LBCC. But behind the man under attack, behind the smile of the Area 1 Trustee, is a local man who was once an LBCC student.

“It’s quite an honor to represent an area that you were born and raised in,” Kellogg said, “From a personal standpoint, I matured and grew up at LBCC.”

After his time on campus, Kellogg transferred to the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship and earned a Bachelor’s degree in history.

Kellogg said he tells his two children that the worst thing about college is graduating because then “you face the reality of the real world.”

“I was enjoying my last year in college and then one month later, I was working in Bakersfield as a manual laborer in 105-degree weather on an oil rig with some really mean personalities. But that’s reality,” Kellogg said.

When Kellogg was in his 30s, he worked in the oil industry for a Long Beach based oil drilling company founded by his grandfather in 1938, which lasted until 1989. Kellogg also worked for a farm business until his father died before venturing into commercial real estate.

From there, Kellogg said he met his mentor, the late Mike Maas, who suggested he should work in higher education.

Kellogg, who was elected as vice mayor of Long Beach in 1990 and was one of the youngest members of the Long Beach City Council in 1988, was elected to the Board in 2002 before being re-elected in 2006.

Kellogg said he asks people why they get involved in politics for personal reasons but doesn’t need an answer right away, as “actions are going to speak more than your words.”

“Nobody ever says they want to be a somebody because that sounds too egotistical,” Kellogg said. “But the reality is that after watching someone, you can tell if they are in it because they want to do something. It doesn’t get a lot of headlines. The person who wants to be a somebody will constantly make headline statements.”

President Eloy Oakley said he values Kellogg’s commitment to the college and willingness to put the success “of all students as his top priority.”

“Trustee Kellogg has been a very consistent board member throughout his tenure and routinely questions staff and faculty leadership at our board meetings,” Oakley said.

In regards to the public scrutiny, Kellogg said personal attacks don’t solve anything and that identifying the problem is simple but solving it is another.

“There’s a lot of times during public comments (when) people make statements that are just not true,” Kellogg said. “When people make statements that are just not true, I just don’t like those comments hanging there because then people will say ‘well you didn’t say anything back.’”

ASB Treasurer Kristen Payne, when speaking about Kellogg, said she appreciates Kellogg’s “honesty and willingness to communicate” with students.

“Sometimes the answer is ‘no’ and some doors close so others can open,” Payne said.

As an alumnus of LBCC, Kellogg said he is proud to have attended the college at one point in time and that the program discontinuance is part of the administration’s plan to restructure programs to adapt to the technological advances and students’ needs.

“I wanted to see the campus modernized,” Kellogg said.  “These campuses are exactly the same as when I attended college here, physically. The course, the curriculum, how we deliver the curriculum to our students, modernized. It’s all part of the big picture.”