Armond Phillips is the interim president at Napa Valley College The board of trustees met Sept. 29 to take the action following the unexpected death of Dr. Chris McCarthy, former president of the school. Sue Nelson, vice president of instruction, had been acting president.
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“The board’s choice of Armond Phillips, who lives in the community, is known in the community and known to the college community, adds strength as we move through this difficult time,” said JoAnn Busenbark, president of the NVC Board of Trustees.
Ms. Busenbark and board member Charles Meng served on a special subcommittee of the board to make the recommendation.
Mr. Phillips has been a member of the Napa Valley College Foundation and has a long history of service as an administrator in California community colleges, including service at Napa Valley College. He has experience in all areas of college administration from instruction to student services.
Most recently he served at College of Marin as dean of student development, supervising and coordinating student services with the instructional program. He was interim vice president of instruction at Napa Valley College in 2006 and also has served Napa Valley College as a consultant.
He is certified by the University of California, Davis, in public-sector labor and management relations and earned a Master of Arts degree in education and counseling psychology from San Diego State University. He has a credential in secondary education from California State University, Hayward.
“I feel honored that the board of Trustees has chosen me to assist the outstanding college community during this transition period. Chris McCarthy was a gem of a president, and he will be missed by all. He leaves a college that is focused on students and quality teaching and learning,” Mr. Phillips said.
A memorial for Dr. McCarthy will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 on the Napa Valley College campus.
Among the many accolades for Dr. McCarthy was this from the Campaign for College Opportunity:
“Chris was a real champion of his college and a dynamic advocate for education reform of community colleges across the state,” the campaign newsletter said. ”He had most recently worked with us on a new initiative the campaign is supporting, Accelerated Learning College, and had hoped that NVC would be one of the pilot sites for ALC. We will miss his calm demeanor, his steady leadership and his unflappable passion for education and students.”
The memorial will be held in the college gymnasium. Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway. Watch for future announcements on the college Web site at www.napavalley.edu or call the Napa Valley College president’s office at 707-253-3360 for more information.
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On Oct. 26 and 27, San Rafael will have a two-day job fair with special guest speaker and career author Richard Bolles.
Mr. Bolles wrote the career guide "What Color is your Parachute?"