Ventura College Foundation welcomes two new board members

May 26, 2004
Santa Paula News

Ventura College Foundation Executive Director Paul Iannaccone, CFRE, announced the appointment of two new members to the Foundation Board of Directors.

Ventura College Foundation Executive Director Paul Iannaccone, CFRE, announced the appointment of two new members to the Foundation Board of Directors. He said, “We are proud to welcome Dr. Ruth Hemming and Mr. George E. Tillguist to our Board. Both bring a wide range of professional experience and demonstrated commitment to the betterment of our community.”Dr. Hemming has served as an administrator in all three colleges in the Ventura County Community College District. She began her career at Ventura College in 1964 as a journalism and English instructor and student newspaper advisor. In 1975, she became a founding faculty member at Oxnard College, and in 1976 was promoted to associate dean of instruction and administrative services. In 1982, she was named dean of continuing education, and then in 1988, she was named vice president of student services. Hemming served for a year as Oxnard’s vice president of instructional services before returning to Ventura College in 1992 as vice president of administrative services. In 1996, she was asked to serve as interim president of Oxnard College, during which time she facilitated the development of Oxnard’s dental hygiene program.From 1997 to 2001 she was vice president of college services at Moorpark College. She was called back to Oxnard to serve as interim executive vice president for a time in 2002, and then returned to Moorpark in July, as interim EVP, where she continues to serve.Hemming has an AA from Pasadena City College, a BA in journalism from UC Berkeley, a M.A. from Mount Holyoke College in English and an Ed.D. from the University of LaVerne in school management.George E. Tillquist retired from Atlantic Richfield Co., after 35 years.Upon retirement, he held the title of Secretary of the Executive Committee, having previously served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Technology. He served as the Vice President of a number of the affiliates and subsidiaries, including Vice President of Finance and Planning (CFO) and Vice President of Affiliates and Specialty Businesses with ARCO Chemical Co.Since moving to Ventura, he has become an active member of the community, serving as Chair of the Library Advisory Commission; on the CommunityPartnerships: Grants Evaluation Team and on the Seize the Future Citizens Outreach Committee for the City of San Buenaventura. In addition, he has served on the First Five Children and Families First Commission of Ventura County Administration and Finance Committee. He has worked with United Way, FEMA, VC Homeless and Housing Coalition, CA Emergency Housing and Assistance Program, the Ventura County Community Foundation, California Care Safety-Net Funds, FOOD Share, Elderhostel, AARP, American Red Cross and others.Tillquist received his BS in Chemical Engineering from NorthwesternUniversity and is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Financial Management Program.
The Ventura College Foundation is one of the most successful community college foundations in California, with assets in excess of $7 million.Since 1985, the Foundation has contributed over $5 million to Ventura College and its students, including providing more than $3 million in student scholarships and nearly $2 million in capital and program support.Over its history, the Foundation has raised more than $12 million in private support for Ventura College. Though Ventura College does receive state funding, it falls short of actually covering the costs incurred in providing educational opportunities for over 12,500 students.Donors to the Ventura College Foundation take pride in the fact that their gifts have helped to create a very special environment for learning that reflects the characteristics of our community and our students.The college helps prepare local students with the first two years of their college education, enabling them to transfer to a four-year academic program. The college is the way to self-sufficiency for people re-entering the job market or facing major employment changes. The college is an important provider of vocational and technical training, preparing literally thousands of qualified personnel for area businesses. The college provides noncredit courses for professional growth, as well as personal enrichment and enjoyment.The Ventura College Foundation is made up of 23 community leaders who serveas the Board of Directors, and hundreds of supporters, all of whom are dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the educational experience at Ventura College.For additional information, contact Paul Iannaccone, Executive Director, Ventura College Foundation at 805-654-6461.

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