Thursday, June 17, 2010
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 17, 2010
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, MARILYN GRINSDALE (626) 914-8824


Long-time Citrus College Board Member Honored for Service Milestone

By Stacy Armstrong


Dr. Edward C. Ortell, a long-time member of the Citrus Community College District’s governing board, was recently honored by the Community College League of California (CCLC).

As part of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, Dr. Ortell represents Trustee Area 3, which encompasses Duarte and parts of Arcadia, Azusa, and Monrovia.  He has held this role since 1969, earning him a “Fulfilling the Trust Award” during the CCLC’s 2010 Trustees Conference.

“Receiving this recognition from my peers at the Community College League of California is very humbling,” Dr. Ortell said.  “Every person involved in the League’s California Community College Trustees organization is committed to advancing public education and ensuring community college educational opportunities for California residents.  It is definitely an honor to be among those whose service to the state and its students was being celebrated.”

According to the CCLC, the “Fulfilling the Trust Awards” are designed to commemorate trusteeship milestones for California community colleges.  This is the second time Dr. Ortell has been the recipient of this award.  This year’s recognition acknowledged his 40 years of service to the Citrus Community College District.

“With over four decades of service, Dr. Ortell is the second longest serving community college trustee in the state,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president.  “His commitment to Citrus College, its students, and its surrounding communities is nothing short of inspirational.  At the same time, Dr. Ortell’s advocacy efforts and numerous accomplishments as a trustee play a crucial role in the past, present, and future of Citrus College.”

During his time with the Citrus Community College District, Dr. Ortell has been instrumental in improving the programs, services, and facilities at Citrus College.  In fact, he spearheaded the creation of the college’s Haugh Performing Arts Center, Child Development Center, Olympic swimming pool with disabled accessibility, Golf Driving Range, and Fitness Center. 

Dr. Ortell also has a long history of advocacy on behalf of community colleges, which includes helping to create and pass legislation regarding community college education and testifying before the State Assembly and Senate. 

“I have had the pleasure and privilege of serving alongside Dr. Ortell since 1982,” said Dr. Gary Woods, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “His dedication, not only to the students of Citrus College, but to all community college students as a whole, has been unwavering.  Needless to say, he is deserving of any and every honor that is bestowed upon him.”

In addition to serving as the senior member of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, Dr. Ortell has also served on numerous boards and associations, including the California Community College Trustees Board of Directors; the Community College League of California Advisory Committee on Legislation; the SB 6 Master Plan for Education Task Force; the Community College Association Board of Directors; and the Los Angeles County Trustees Association.

Dr. Ortell, a professor emeritus of business and computer technology at Pasadena City College, holds two master’s degrees, a Ph.D. and a Juris Doctorate.  He has also authored two college textbooks on mathematics and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Community College League of California Longevity Award, the Ralph Story Community Service Award, the Duarte Outstanding Citizen Award, the CCA W.H.O. Award, and five National Science Foundation grants.

“I am deeply appreciative for the support that the citizens of Duarte, Arcadia, Azusa, and Monrovia have shown me throughout the past 40 years,” Dr. Ortell said.  “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as their representative on the Board of Trustees, as well as to work with the dedicated and excellent Citrus College faculty, staff, and administrators.  I look forward to continue working with my fellow board members as we plan for the future.” 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 17, 2010
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, MARILYN GRINSDALE (626) 914-8824

 

 

Dr. Ortell