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Bobby Kahn Named SCCCD Board President

MADERA — Bobby Kahn has been elected board president of the State Center Community College District (SCCCD).

Kahn was voted in at the board’s December meeting. Deborah Ikeda was elected vice president and Richard Caglia was elected secretary.

SCCCD is governed by a board of seven trustees. The executive committee is joined by trustees Miguel Arias, John Leal, Ronald H. Nishinaka, and Eric Payne.

The State Center Community College District is made up of Madera and Oakhurst Community College Centers, Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and the Career and Technology Center.

“It is a true honor to be selected by my peers to lead the SCCCD board and I look forward to assisting the board in managing all of the exciting issues that the District will be addressing over the next year,” said Kahn.

“One of the top priorities will be implementing the first phase of projects that are part of the Measure C bond, which voters overwhelmingly passed in June 2016. All of the communities in the SCCCD boundaries will see some type of construction activity thanks to the bond.”

“Bobby brings a wealth of knowledge to the board presidency,” said Chancellor Dr.  Paul Parnell. “As we begin Measure C construction, his expertise in economic development will benefit the District.”

Kahn was elected to the Board of Trustees in November of 2014 to represent Area 1 through 2018. He accepted the position of Executive Director of the Madera County Economic Development Commission (MCEDC) in March of 2002. MCEDC is a Joint Powers Agency formed through an agreement between the City of Madera, City of Chowchilla and the County of Madera.

Kahn handles economic development related issues for all three jurisdictions, including commercial and industrial development projects.

He holds a bachelor of science degree from Pepperdine University and spent approximately 20 years in the real estate brokerage business.

Kahn is a past chairman and currently serves as treasurer of the California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation. He is a 14+ year member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) which is California’s premier economic development association.

SCCCD serves approximately 1.7 million people and 22 unified and high school districts in Fresno and Madera counties and portions of Kings and Tulare counties. The service area is equal to the state of Connecticut with 5,500 sq. miles of both urban and rural areas. Current enrollment exceeds 50,000 students.

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