GLENDALE–After two weeks of special meetings and candidate forums–Dr. Vahe Peroomian was appointed to the Glendale College Board of Trustees last Thursday in a 3 to 1 vote.
After the election of Trustee Ara James Najarian to the Glendale City Council in April 2005–a vacant seat opened on the traditionally five-member Board of Trustees. Seventeen applicants most with PhD–EdD JD–and MBA degrees vied for that position–to make the procedure quite challenging.
"We had to create a system that surfaced the best candidate," said Dr. Armine Hacopian–current member of the College Board. "Dr. Peroomian stood out from the rest of the highly qualified candidates as he was a Ph.D. in the sciences and had worked with transfer students from GCC at UCLA. Glendale Community College has an excellent–state of the art–Cimmarusti Science center and we need to bring much more focus to this excellent program and by selecting Dr. Peroomian–we hope to do just that. He will be a great asset on the board and that is why he received three out of the four trustee votes."
Several members of the community were on hand to vouch for Dr. Peroomian’s credentials. "Dr. Peroomian is not just a qualified candidate–he is an excellent candidate. His experience in the sciences will give him a unique voice on the board," praised Armond Gorgorian–Executive Direct during oral commen’s. "His awards–achievemen’s–and appreciative students are only an additional testament to his wonderful character."
The list of final candidates included: Christina Rodriguez–a social science instructor at East Los Angeles College; Ruth Sowby–an adjunct Glendale Community College instructor and full time DeVry instructor; Tony Tartaglia–president of the Glendale College Foundation and employee of Southern California Gas Co.; Debra Dentler–an attorney an former GCC instructor; Richard Jouroyan–a retired attorney who worked extensively with the Glendale Unified School District; Stuart Wilcox–dean of instructional planning and research at Pasadena City College; and Charles "Tye" Veden–a retired businessman
"We are extremely proud of Dr. Peroomian and congratulate him–as well as the Board of Trustees–for his appointment. Although he will no doubt leave a void within our own organization as he leaves to commit his attention to the college–we feel his role on the Board of Trustees will benefit the entire Glendale community as well as the College community. We are confident that his ability to be a consensus builder and strong leader as well as his professional background will make him a valuable voice on the Board especially as the college embarks on appointing a new President," said Armenian National Committee Director Alina Azizian in a statement on Friday.