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Dominguez to retire as IVC president

January 17, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

Imperial Valley College President Gilbert M. Dominguez submitted a letter of resignation to the district's Board of Trustees on Wednesday night.

Dominguez has been the president of the college for more than six years and will resign effective June 28.

"I'm retiring. I've accomplished most of my goals and now I want to take some time to travel and enjoy life," Dominguez said.

He said he will take some time off and then may work as an interim college president for short periods of time. He said he is not sure if he will continue to live in the Imperial Valley.

Dominguez, who turns 60 Saturday, had hip replacement surgery over the semester break but said he is recovering quickly. He said the surgery has nothing to do with his decision to retire.


Former IVC academic senate president Frank Rapp said Dominguez was good at dealing with the bureaucracy in Sacramento. When the faculty gives input for a new college president, Rapp thinks the majority will want someone who has academic quality as a top priority.

Rapp, an English composition teacher, resigned as academic senate president in early December.

Said Associate Professor of History Eric Jacobson. "We all wish Dominguez luck in the future,"

Jacobson was the senate president for two years prior to Rapp.

Jacobson said he thinks getting bond issues approved should be a top priority for a new president.

The college's science building was built in the 1960s, before computers were in classrooms and is in serious need of an upgrade, he said.

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