The College of the Canyons Faculty Association Representative Council has endorsed Diana Shaw and Scott Wilk for seats on the Board of Trustees. Seats 2, 4 and 5 are up for election in November.
The faculty association represents 184 full-time faculty members at COC.
Wilk, who is being opposed by Patrick Douglas Hill, holds Seat 5 on the board and served as President of the board in 2010. He was first appointed to the board on Aug. 23, 2006. Wilk was also a former district director for U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.
The faculty association said Wilk is the more favorable choice based on the strength of his representative voice, and his commitment to fiscal soundness. Wilk has said publicly due to the state’s ongoing budget problems, he opposed raises for administrators this past summer.
Shaw, who will be attempting to upend Bruce Fortine, is a practicing attorney and was the Democratic nominee in last year’s 38th District Assembly election. She has worked as an entertainment industry lawyer working with the Screen Actors Guild and the Writer’s Guild of America.
The faculty association said it appreciates Fortine’s 40 years of service to the college, but with new budgetary. academic, and campus climate challenges ahead, it believes Shaw is a better option.
One other board member, Michele Jenkins, is running unopposed.