David L. Boyd, President of The Taft University System, narrowly defeated incumbent Alexandria Coronado for a seat on the five-member Orange County Board of Education.
Boyd, running as an independent, defeated the heavily favored Coronado by slightly over 1,000 votes (50.7% to 49.3%). Coronado, the current President of the Board, is a veteran Republican insider who has been a member of the Board for eight years.
Boyd relied on a grassroots, largely Internet, campaign emphasizing fiscal responsibility, tolerance and respect.
The Orange County Board of Education is the elected board for the County Department of Education. It approves an annual budget exceeding $250,000,000 and shares governance with the County Superintendent of Schools. Schools under the Board serve more than 160,000 students, and the Board partners with local county districts to serve over 500,000 students at the K-12 level.
“I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Board members, Superintendent William Habermehl and staff,” Boyd said. “ I feel fortunate that the Department has a well respected superintendent and a very experienced and diverse Board.”
California Southern University, based in Irvine, CA, was recently named by OC Metro magazine one of Orange County’s “Best Companies to Work For."
One of the highlights of the institution, according to the article, is California Southern’s new building: “The company ditched cramped cubicles for workspaces with open areas, windows, and plenty of natural light,” according to the magazine.
OC Metro also lauded California Southern University’s new library, warm décor, and the multiple thermostats throughout the building, so “employees aren’t at the mercy of others who like it too hot or too cold.”
“It isn’t just about accomplishing a job,” said University President Carroll Ryan. “It’s about us wanting to make a difference in people’s lives.”
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