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UPDATE: Wilk resigns from COC board

Adds comments from Wilk, Van Hook

Posted: November 30, 2012 2:07 p.m.
Updated: November 30, 2012 3:05 p.m.

Assemblyman-elect Scott Wilk has announced his resignation from the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, which will take effect Monday.

Reached by phone Friday, Wilk said he has sent his letter of resignation to the board and he will vacate his seat as a trustee Monday when he is sworn into office as an assemblyman.

Wilk, a Republican, was elected to fill the seat of outgoing Assemblyman Cameron Smyth in the state’s 38th Assembly District.

Wilk was originally appointed to the COC board in 2006 and served as its president in 2010. He was elected to a four-year term in November 2011.

Wilk said he was proud of how the board, in conjunction with administrators at College of the Canyons, was able to help the school navigate some difficult financial times over the last few years.

As he moves from local to state government, Wilk said, he has requested a position on the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee so he can to continue to advocate for community colleges.

“It has been an honor to serve on the Board of Trustees,” Wilk said. “The whole experience has been very rewarding and enriching and I’m sure whoever they select to replace me will be an excellent addition to the board.”

Dianne Van Hook, chancellor of the Santa Clarita Community College District, praised Wilk for being “engaged” and “passionate” during his time as a trustee.

Van Hook also said she looks forward to working with Wilk in his new role.

“It’s always a lot easier to have a conversation with someone who has been involved with what you’re advocating for,” Van Hook said.

The remaining four trustees will consider how to replace Wilk during Wednesday’s meeting, according to the agenda. Their choices are naming a replacement themselves or holding a special election.

Due to both the cost and time commitment of conducting a special election, the recommended option for filling the seat, according to board documents, is to make a provisional appointment within 60 days of Wilk’s resignation.

That would put the board on pace to fill the vacancy around mid-January, with Jan. 16 being the target date, according to board documents.





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