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Trustees choose Zimmer to fill COC board vacancy

Former Newhall Land executive has long ties with the community

Posted: January 14, 2013 6:52 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:52 p.m.

In a close vote, College of the Canyons trustees appointed former Newhall Land Development Inc. executive Steve Zimmer to the Board of Trustees during a special meeting Monday.

Zimmer was chosen out of a field of 13 candidates vying to fill the vacancy created by Scott Wilk’s election to the state Assembly.

After the results were announced, Zimmer said he is thrilled to begin work with the board and hopes his background in business and as an attorney will prove valuable.

Zimmer, like many of the other candidates, has ties to COC. He is a member of the COC Foundation board and has previously served as the foundation’s chairman. His daughter and grandson have attended COC.

Though he acknowledged his concern about how the still-recovering economy could impact COC, Zimmer said he sees potential for the college to expand its programs.

“The need for classes and services provided are only going to increase,” Zimmer said. “So it is of paramount importance for us to do our utmost to do so.”

Current Board of Trustees President Michael Berger said he thinks Zimmer will be a “huge asset to the board.”

“His leadership skills are tremendous and I know he’s always looking out for student success,” Berger said. “It’s going to be great to work with him.”

The vote came down to Zimmer and Chris Fall, who chairs the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission, Zimmer and Fall tied through three rounds of balloting before Zimmer pulled ahead on the fourth ballot.

Fall said he was very happy with his interview and thinks Zimmer will do a great job on the board.

In the meantime, Fall said he will continue to do what he can to benefit COC.

“This college is near and dear to my heart,” Fall said. “That doesn’t change, whether I’m on the board or not.”

Zimmer’s appointment to the board runs until November, when he will seek re-election for a full term. Fall said he is unsure whether he will run in November.
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