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Weekly News Brief | August 13, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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We have now completed the second week of our phased, gradual return to campuses and the District Office. There is a sense of routine taking hold. For many, this return to routine brings comfort alongside renewed energy in various areas of scholarship, enrollment, and open-access opportunity.

Yet, I commit to you that we are not ignoring current events. The trustees and I are still very concerned about new developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and we are considering multiple ways – including new steps on face coverings and vaccines – to keep our students, faculty, staff, and managers safe.

When dealing with human behavior, the benefit of any action really relies on two parts: effectiveness and enforceability. We want the actions proposed to make a meaningful difference in the course of the pandemic. Additionally, we want mechanisms in place to ensure that everyone follows the same rules.

Without effectiveness and enforceability, we risk a false sense of security. As exhausting as constant vigilance may be, complacency is not a viable option during a deadly pandemic. This is why we are carefully considering our path in the Coast District while continuing to strongly recommend masking and vaccination in the meantime.

Until this pandemic is over, all reasonable options remain under consideration. This pandemic remains a crisis, and we must continue to treat it as such.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


College News


Recently, Dr. Aeron Zentner, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness: Research, Analytics, Accessibility, Planning, and Grant Development at Coastline College and CDMA Vice President, had an article published in the CIO Applications periodical. The New Future Look of Higher Education provides a perspective on opportunities for change and innovation in higher education.


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Golden West Athletics have named Mike Willey as the new Head Softball Coach for the Rustlers. A former Rustler himself, Coach Willey brings over 30 years of coaching experience, with more than 20 years on the softball field. He joins the program in conjunction with his current academic roles at Savanna High School in Anaheim. Coach Willey has established himself as one of the most respected high school coaches in Orange County.


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Portrait of Mike Willey and text showing league statistics and a personal quote available through the link.



Orange Coast College welcomes Dr. Christiaan Desmond as its new Dean of the Consumer Health and Sciences Division. He will be replacing Dr. Jane McLaughlin, who retired in June 2020. Dr. Desmond joins OCC from San Jose City College, where he served as the Associate Dean of Career Technology Education. He also previously served in administrative positions related to business and workforce development, as well as in instructional roles as a professor of automotive engineering and technology.


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Portrait of Dr. Christiaan Desmond and OCC logo.



Schedule, Week of August 16

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, August 18, with closed session beginning at 3:45 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District, Monday through Friday