Don has been a part of the community college system in California for several years. He started out as an instructor of history and Political Science. Don advanced through the ranks to become the president of two community colleges, Crafton Hills College (CHC), and San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC), for over 15 years. Don is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Bernardino Community College District.
During his years on the Board Don and his colleagues (all of whom have endorsed him for re-election) have accomplished many things on behalf of the students who attend either CHC or SBVC. They increased enrollment in both colleges, thus enabling more students to be successful in their goal of a vocational certificate or to transfer to a four-year institution of higher education. Don and the current Board of Trustees have also increased diversity among students, staff, and administrators.
However, there are still goals which Don hopes that he and his colleagues can still achieve. This is why Don is seeking re-election. It is his hope:
- That the State will increase funding for community colleges, thus allowing both CHC and SBVC to serve more students
- To establish even better relationships than the District has at present with those K-12 school districts whose students feed into the two community colleges in the District
- To increase the number and percentage of Inland Empire residents who attend a college or university.
Don has lived in Redlands for over 30 years. Don served as President and as a member of the Redlands Human Relations Commission and is a an active and long-time member of the Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club. He is married to Joanne and has three adult children and three grandchildren.