Bobby Kahn has been named as the new president of the State Center Community College District. The district includes Reedley College. Deborah Ikeda was elected as vice president and Richard Caglia as the board’s secretary. The vote took place at their December meeting.
“It is a true honor to lead the SCCCD board,” Kahn said. “I look forward to assisting the board in managing all of the exciting issues that the District will be addressing over the next year.”
Kahn said his top priority is implementing the first phase of Measure C Bond projects. Voters overwhelmingly passed that bond in June 2016.
“All of the communities in the SCCCD boundaries will see some type of construction activity thanks to the bond,” he said.
Chancellor Paul Parnell said, “Bobby brings a wealth of knowledge to the board presidency. As we begin Measure C construction, his expertise in economic development will benefit the District.”
Kahn was elected to the Board in 2014 and represents Area 1. He’s served as the Madera County Economic Development Commission’s executive director since 2002. MCEDC is a joint powers agency between the cities of Madera and Chowchilla and Madera County. Kahn is responsible for all the economic development-related issues for all three jurisdictions, including commercial and industrial development projects.
Kahn earned a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and spent nearly 20 years in the real estate brokerage business. He is a past chairman and currently serves as treasurer of the California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation. He is also a long-time member of the California Association for Local Economic Development 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 as well as portions of Kings and Tulare counties. The service area is equal to the state of Connecticut with 5,500 square miles of both urban and rural areas. Current enrollment exceeds 50,000 students.
SCCCD has seven trustees and includes Miguel Arias, John Leal, Ronald H. Nishinaka and Eric Payne. Aside from Reedley, the district includes other local community colleges such as Fresno City, Clovis Community, Madera and Oakhurst Community Centers and the Career and Technology Center.