Interim president named
Morgan Lynn, vice president for educational programs at Sierra College, was named Thursday as the college system’s acting superintendent and president.
Lynn’s appointment is essentially effective for one week, until the board holds its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 8.
Nevada County-area Trustee Aaron Klein said the board will appoint an interim president at that meeting.
“I am hopeful that Dr. Lynn will be re-appointed and serve as interim president. If for some reason she is not, the board would appoint someone else at that meeting.”
The vote to appoint Lynn was unanimous. Trustee Dave Ferrari, who represents far eastern Placer County, was absent.
In naming Lynn to the interim post, trustees declined to speculate if the college administrator would be the top candidate to replace Kevin Ramirez, who stepped down as president last week.
“For me personally, I would support her if she were willing” to be considered for the post, said board President Jerry Simmons after the brief special meeting.
If not, Simmons said he would expect the board to conduct a national search to replace Ramirez, who officially retires in July.
Ramirez was asked by Klein in December to resign. Klein cited the former college president’s alleged mishandling of campaign funds in a memo asking for the resignation of Ramirez.
Ramirez and the college have emphatically denied any wrongdoing.
Terms of the former college president’s separation agreement are scheduled to be released late today, marking the end of a week-long quiet period mandated by federal anti-discrimination laws.
Lynn, who has been at the college for 3 1/2 years, said she welcomed the challenge to run the 20,000-student, four-campus system even briefly.
“I love the people of this college and it would be my privilege to serve the college for the time being,” she said. She did not say if she would be seeking the top spot.
Klein, elected just two months ago, applauded the selection.
“I think it’s time for us to look to the future and do a good job for our students and the community,” he said.
Morgan Lynn has been Sierra College’s assistant superintendent and vice president for educational programs and services since 2001. She previously worked at Cerritos College in Norwalk, where for ten years (1991-2001) held various positions as interim superintendent and president, provost, dean of humanities and social science and assistant dean of the college’s extended day and weekend programs. Prior to her time at Cerritos, she worked for a decade at Santa Monica College in a variety of positions.
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