President of Glendale’s Board of Trustees Ann Ransford has been a long-standing member of our campus community. Before joining the Board, she had a 36-year career from instructor to administrator at GCC, including being Director of Communications, Marketing and Foundation.
Asked about her role on the Board of Trustees, she emphasizes collaboration and teamwork. “Each member has an opportunity to contribute; then we speak collectively as a voice when a decision has been reached. I know that in each of our hearts, what we want more than anything is that our students receive the best possible education.
“I want to see the college on a sound footing in every way: financially, academically, and in governance,” she continues. “We are about to welcome a new Superintendent/President
, and more than just having a honeymoon with the person who fills this position, I want to see a marriage quickly established. We need stability, and it is really important that we pull together and that the Superintendent/President be able to get along with all of the various entities on campus.”
Ransford, as President of the Board of Trustees, also serves as an ex-officio role on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Board of Trustees is acutely aware of the funding issues affecting the college. We pass the budget, after all,” she says with a smile. “Our challenge in working with the Foundation is identifying these funding priorities, finding donors, and working together as a team to solve those issues.”
Her priorities for the 2013-2014 school year include encouraging student success among ex-military personnel. “We will soon have quite a few veterans returning from Afghanistan and we need to tailor programs to accommodate them. We have already started ramping up our veterans’ services, but we want to do everything possible to make the transition to student life as smooth as possible for our returning soldiers.”
Favorite causes? “We have walls to honor our donors at the Science Center, the Bhupesh Parikh Health Sciences and Technology Building, Sartoris Field and at the Garfield Campus. Small donations often lead to larger ones and it is so important that we develop ongoing relationships with our donors. Endowing a scholarship is frequently a way that alumni and community members can contribute, but I would like to point out that there are many other ways to contribute to the college that are just as satisfying,” she says.