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Wilk feted by COC colleagues

Scott Wilk saluted as he moves on from position as College of the Canyons trustee to the state assem

Posted: January 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Left to right, College of the Canyons officials Mike Berger, Joan MacGregor, Scott Wilk, Michele Jenkins, Dianne Van Hook and Bruce Fortine gather for a farewell photo during an afternoon farewell reception for Wilk who has assumed his duties as a California state assemblyman in Sacramento.

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It was a light-hearted farewell tinged with emotion as College of the Canyons trustee Scott Wilk was saluted by his COC colleagues on Jan. 11 at the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.

An afternoon reception, attended by colleagues, supporters, community leaders and friends, was held for Wilk, who has assumed his duties as a state assemblyman in Sacramento after winning the 38th Assembly District in the November election.

COC Chancellor/President Dianne Van Hook began her comments on a light note.

“Among the many inside jokes we’ve shared over the past six years is my fondness for including quotes in my speeches. Scott has made it his mission to tease me about the number of ‘dead people’ I reference in my speeches,” she said.  “So as we say goodbye to Scott today, I’ve decided to take advantage of the opportunity and include a number of colorful quotes — from both the living and the dead.”

She proceeded to quote Andrew Carnegie. “The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.”

“He’s dead!” Wilk shouted from where he stood among a crowd of well-wishers.Laughter ensued from the nearly 100 attendees.

Van Hook said since Wilk joined the COC Board of Trustees in 2006 he has “shown us plenty.”

Wilk was appointed to the seat held by Ron Gillas, who resigned from the board. He ran for election in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.

Each of Wilk’s colleagues  on the Board in attendance, Mike Berger, Joan MacGregor and Michele Jenkins, also took the podium to speak glowingly of Wilk.

Trustee Bruce Fortine arrived at the reception after the formal program had ended.

The gifts presented to Wilk included a bottle of wine by Jenkins, a framed resolution saluting Wilk’s service to the COC Board of Trustees, his official framed trustee portrait and a photo collage of the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses.

Wilk was presented with certificates of recognition by Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s representative Dave Perry.

Wilk became emotional when he spoke about his service on the board and his fondness for his fellow trustees.

“I was touched by the comments made by Dr. Van Hook and my fellow Board members,”
he said. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve with them. College of the Canyons is a family and everyone has a dedicated focus to student access and achievement. Every day miracles happen on the campus because of the passion the community has to touching lives.”

Wilk said he will hang the photo of College of the Canyons in his office in Sacramento, the resolution in his district office and his trustee photo in his personal office.

mbuttelman@signalscv.com

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