Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees Elects New Officers

The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Board of Trustees held their annual meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the District Administrative Center in Ventura. The Board appointed Dianne B. McKay as the new Board Chair, and Larry Kennedy was named Vice Chair.

Chair McKay, who was re-elected to the Board of Trustees in the November elections, represents Area 2 in Ventura County (Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Bell Canyon, Hidden Valley, Lake Sherwood, Somis, Las Posas Valley, California State University Channel Islands, portions of the Oxnard Plain, Santa Rosa Valley, Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, California Air National Guard, and South Coast). Chair McKay is active in statewide issues and currently serves as Chair on the Advisory Committee for Education Services (ACES) for the Community College League of California. She is also the VCCCD Chair for the Planning, Accreditation, Communications, and Student Success (PACSS) Board Committee. Chair McKay lives and works in Conejo Valley and provides a strong business perspective to the Board, supported by 30 years in private business. She maintains a strong presence in education demonstrated by more than 20 years of volunteer service in the community. Chair McKay is married to Duncan McKay, and they have four children.

Vice Chair Kennedy, elected to the Board in 2012, represents Area 3 (Camarillo, Port Hueneme, Southeast Oxnard, East Oxnard Plain, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru, East Lockwood Valley, and Eastern Portion of Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme). Vice Chair Kennedy, a former Oxnard College professor, provides valuable insight to VCCCD from a faculty and student perspective having taught Management and Economics for over 30 years. As past Director of the Oxnard College Job and Career Center, he has a deep understanding of workforce needs in Ventura County. Most recently, Vice Chair Kennedy served as Chair of the VCCCD Policy Committee and Member of the Board’s Legislative Committee. Vice Chair Kennedy, a Management Consultant and Veteran, is also an active community leader, with over 30 years’ service as a volunteer Board member of local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary International, the Workforce Investment Board, and other organizations. Vice Chair Kennedy is married to Joanne Kennedy, and they have two children.

Trustees Stephen P. Blum, Art Hernández, and Bernardo M. Perez remain on the Board. Ilse Maymes serves as Student Trustee. The Board of Trustees generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public, and times/locations can be found at