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WHCCD Board of Trustee: 30 years of service

WHCCD Trustee Jeff Levinson and Chancellor Frank Gornick at the California Community College Trustees annual conference on April 30. 

Jeff Levinson has served on the board of trustees for the West Hills Community College District for 30 years and was honored for his service by the California Community College Trustees at an annual conference recently in Palm Desert.

“It’s been a good run,” he said. “It’s a great experience to see the positive aspects for myself as a board member and my fellow board members.”

Levinson has served on the board since 1985 and is currently in his eighth, four-year term. He represents Trustee Area 7 which covers the Lemoore area. He was honored with five other trustees from across the state on April 30.

Levinson is one of seven board trustees for the district, and said their main job is to give students the opportunity to be successful.

“Our job to me is to focus on one issue which is student success and that’s what we do,” he said.

During his 30 years, Levinson has seen some big changes in the district. He witnessed the construction of the WHCL campus starting from trailers and portables on Cinnamon Drive to a newly constructed campus with the Golden Eagle Arena and an upcoming student center.

He said the Coalinga campus is now a “thriving school” with ongoing modernization projects including the North District Center, Firebaugh.

“It has evolved,” he said. “It’s been rather exciting.”

In 2014, the district created a year-round registration process called Reg365 that allows students to register for a full year’s course load at one time which Levinson is happy about.

“We are doing things two to three years ahead of everybody else,” he said. “One thing that I truly love about West Hills College is that we are on the cutting edge. We have really been ahead of the power curve.”

Levinson said the district’s success lies with administration, staff and faculty. He said West Hills has many programs to offer students including two-year degrees or certificates that can help students become successful.

WHCCD Chancellor Frank Gornick said Levinson’s honor was well-deserved.

“Trustee Levinson has served our district with distinction for 30 years,” Gornick said in a previous statement. “He has always been a consistent advocate for extending training and educational opportunities to all our citizens while encouraging us to live our vision – the relentless pursuit of student success.”

Levinson is an attorney at the Hanford law firm of Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dowd and Gin. He graduated from San Joaquin College of Law in 1991 and received his Bachelors of Arts degree in political science from UC Berkeley in 1977.

He is also the author of several books including "Alpha Strike Vietnam: Navy’s Air War, 1964-73" and "Missile Inbound: The Attack on the Stark in the Persian Gulf."

His latest term on the board will end in December 2017. As for re-election, he said he will see where he is at when the time comes.

“It’s been a great experience,” he said. “It’s been a great way to contribute to the community.”

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