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Public Forums To Be Held For Presidential Candidates

Search for SBVC's 13th permanent president in its 86-year history nearing completion with open forums scheduled for November 27th.

Public forums for the candidates under consideration for the top leadership positions at San Bernardino Valley College (and at Crafton Hills College) have been scheduled. Each school will have two public forums and the forums will be streamed live on the web. The names of the finalists for the SBVC position are:

Dr. Ronald Johnson

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ronald johnsonDr. Ronald Johnson brought his skills to Lane Community College in Ore., then to Shasta Community College in Calif., and then to College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., where he served as Vice President of Academic Services. His most recent appointment was as Interim Vice President at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Dr. Johnson earned his bachelors and masters degrees in music from West Virginia University and his doctorate in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University and served three years in the Army as Drum Major of the 6th U.S. Army Band.

Dr. Bill Orr

(full bio)

bill orrDr. Bill Orr is an alumnus of San Bernardino Valley College. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Oregon and a doctoral degree in higher education from Nova Southwestern University in Fla. Dr. Orr has taught mathematics in K-12, community college, and university settings before becoming an administrator. He has served in various administrative positions within the San Bernardino Community College District (at Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, and at the District Office), Riverside Community College District, and, most recently, at Barstow Community College as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Paul Pai

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paul paiDr. Paul Pai most recently served as interim Executive Vice President of Sichuan Missouri University, a new university in China under the auspices of the University of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Tianfu College of Southwest University of Finance and Economics. Previously he served as President of St. Louis Community College-Meramec (MO), Superintendent/President of Imperial Valley College, and Provost of Georgia Perimeter College-Decatur-Campus/Rockdale Center. He earned his Doctorate of Education from Nova University in Fla., his master’s in physics from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan.

Mr. Arturo Reyes

(full bio)

arturo reyesExecutive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at the Solano Community College District, Mr. Arturo Reyes has over twenty-six years of service in California’s public education system. Previously interim President and Vice President of Academic Affairs at San José City College, he was with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento, and taught Spanish at Cosumnes River College prior to becoming an administrator there. Currently completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UC Davis, he earned his master’s degree in education and administrative services credential at CSU, Sacramento and dual bachelor’s degrees from UC, Davis.

Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron said, “We have conducted national presidential searches for both colleges and are very pleased with the qualifications of the candidates as well as their commitment to providing our students with an exemplary community college education. We hope the public will join us in learning more about these men and women, as Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College are significant resources for this community. This is a very exciting time for both institutions and the selection of top-notch presidents is vital to enhancing the future success of the colleges."

The free and open-to-the-public forums will be: 

San Bernardino Valley College:

Tuesday, November 27th, 10 am - 12pm and 6 pm - 8pm
Location: Liberal Arts 100, San Bernardino Valley College, 701 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92410

The forums will be streamed live at the websites listed below. The videos will remain available for viewing for a week after the initial live webcasts. 

* San Bernardino Valley College forums:

Finalists for the Crafton Hills College presidency are as follows: Dr. Ralph Ford, Dr. Cheryl Marshall, and Mr. Arturo Reyes. The Crafton forums will be held on Wednesday, November 28th, 12pm - 2pm and 6 pm - 8pm in the LRC 231 (new Library Building) at Crafton Hills College, 11711 Sand Canyon Rd., Yucaipa, CA 92399-1799. The CHC forums will also be streamed online at: :

About the San Bernardino Community College District

The San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) is one of 72 community college districts within the California Community College system, the largest educational system in the world, which encompasses 112 community colleges. The SBCCD has an 86 year history of providing its community and students with quality and affordable vocational certificates, associate’s degrees, and preparation for transfer to a four year college or university through San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) and Crafton Hills College (CHC). In addition, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division (PDC) and KVCR TV-FM provide professional development and cultural and educational information to the community at large. 

Fore more information about SBVC, please contact Craig Petinak, SBVC Director of Marketing & Public Relations at 909.384.8978, or by email.

For additional information on the SBCCD, please contact Alisa Sparkia Moore, Esq., Communications and Public Relations at 909.382.4012, 805.717.0347 cell, or by email.