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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

State Center Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 6

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Deborah J. Ikeda

Retired College President
28,193 votes (50.55%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Will ensure the Measure "C" Bond funds will be spent efficiently to build a new Police and Fire Academy. I will also ensure bond funds are used to build new vocational training facilities so our students are being trained for real life jobs.
  • Ensure the District budget priorities focus on the Districts Mission while maintaining fiscal accountability.
  • Work with district administrators to foster strong transfer and vocational programs while meeting the needs of all students.



Profession:Recently retired President of Clovis Community College, the newest public community college in the CA system
Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, North Centers, State Center Community College District (2005–2012)
Interim Vice President of Instruction Fresno City College, State Center Community College District (2004–2005)
Dean of Students, Counseling and Guidance, State Center Community College District (1981–2004)
Assistant Dean of Academic Support Services, City College of Chicago (1978–1981)


CSU Fresno and UC Davis, Joint Doctoral Program Doctoral Studies , Educational Leadership (current)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Master's Degree, Counseling Psychology (1977)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Bachelor of Science degree, Elementary Education (1974)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, St. Agnes Medical Center (2009–current)
Current Board Chair and previous Board Member, Clovis Chamber of Commerce (2012–current)
Women's Equality Day Award, League of Women's Voters (2016–2016)
Hall of Fame Winner, City of Clovis Hall of Fame (2013–2013)
Executive Board Chief Instructional Officers, California Community Colleges (2008–2012)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Janet E. Davis, Retired Chief of Police, Clovis Police Department
  • Dr. John Welty, Retired California State University, Fresno, President
  • Dr. Tom Crow, Retired State Center Community College District Chancellor

Individuals (10)

  • Ginny L. Hovsepian, Clovis Unified School District, Board Member
  • Harry Armstrong, Clovis City Council Member and former Mayor of Clovis
  • Nathan Magsig, City of Clovis Council Member and Incoming Fresno County Board of Supervisors Members
  • Lynne Ashbeck, Clovis City Council Member
  • Susan Anderson, Former Fresno County Supervisor
  • Farid Assemi, Granville Homes
  • Peggy Bos, President of the Clovis-Big Dry Creek Historical Society
  • Tom Wright, Board Chair, Clovis Veterans Memorial District
  • Dr. Bill F. Stewart, Retired Chancellor, State Center Community College District
  • Bill Smittcamp, President/CEO Wawona Frozen Foods

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Qualifications for Running for the State Center Community College Board

As the founding President of Clovis Community College and with more than 35 years of experience in higher education in the State Center Community College District (SCCCD), I believe I am the best qualified candidate for the SCCCD Board for Area 6.  I am intimately aware of the impact of our District’s ability to make a difference in the lives of the students we serve. Although I retired in August 2016 as the founding President of Clovis Community College, I wish to continue to serve the public and particularly our students as a Board Member of SCCCD.

I am particularly qualified for this job because as the Clovis Community College President, I was proud to lead the team of faculty, staff, students, and administrators through the six-year accreditation process for establishing a stand-alone college. In July 2015, we were approved by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC) for initial accreditation as the 113th public California Community College. As a college, we receive two-million dollars of additional funding from the state to provide services and classes to students that we did not receive as a Center.

During the accreditation process, the accrediting team found the college to be ready for initial accreditation in July 2015 but it made two recommendations that required a follow-up visit and report in April 2016 regarding the behavior of the Board members related to micromanaging and failure to delegate authority to the Chancellor to run the District. During the follow-up accreditation visit in April 2016, the accreditation team reported that three board members still do not understand their role as board members.

The members of the Executive Committee of the Board and the prior Board President appear to understand their role. However, the team is less convinced that the remaining three members do. One long-standing trustee presented a written document disagreeing with the findings of the 2015 Evaluation Team, blaming the Interim Chancellor for a variety of mistakes, and contesting evidence that this trustee had micromanaged in various ways.

source:, page 8.

As the College President that was trying to get Clovis Community College accredited, it was very disheartening to learn that the board member representing our area demonstrated behavior that negatively affected our accreditation status. I am running against the board member criticized in the report as I will do a better job representing our community and our students.


This is a critical time in SCCCD’s history with the passage of our local bond measure of almost five-hundred million dollars. I will ensure that the bond dollars are spent as intended. I served on the Measure C Steering Committee and, on my own time, I volunteered walking precincts on weekends and making calls asking for support to help pass the bond measure. 





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