The Board of Trustees extended Superintendent-President Mark Rocha’s contract through June 30, 2017 this week, granting Rocha the same pay raise of 4.79% over two years recently approved by the Board for all the administrators and classified staff.
“This will insure that we will have [Rocha’s] effective leadership through our reaccreditation effort, the full implementation of our Educational Master Plan and the development of our facilities Centennial Master Plan,” board president John Martin said during the Board’s Oct. 7 meeting. “The entire Board is grateful to [Rocha] for guiding PCC safely through the state budget crisis and maintaining PCC’s high student success outcomes.”
Student Trustee Simon Fraser abstained from the vote, noting that he hadn’t been involved in closed session discussions about Rocha.
The Faculty Association voiced its displeasure with the Board’s decision to approve a raise for Rocha and not for them. Faculty Association president Roger Marheine said that the FA was “very saddened” that the Board had “turned its back” on the Faculty.
“Obviously the Board has dismissed us and not given a distinguished faculty the respect that they deserve,” Marheine said. “The FA is most concerned that the district has refused to negotiate pay raises for full time and part time faculty across the campus. We are disappointed that the district has chosen not to give us a proposal that would meaningfully improve the lives of faculty on campus.”
The FA did not agree with the elimination of winter intersession, which sparked tension between it and the administration.
However, during Rocha’s time here at PCC, there have also been many bright spots. Last year, Pasadena City College won the State Chancellor’s Award for Student Success for its Pathways Program that has significantly increased student achievement and has grown to over 1,500 students.
This fall, PCC will have offered more class sections to students than any other time in the college’s history, according to Senior Vice President Robert Miller.
“I am very grateful to the Board for its support,” Rocha said. ““We have the best faculty, staff and managers [here at PCC] than anywhere. I am more optimistic and hopeful about PCC’s future than ever.”