Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- April 19, 2000

CSUF President Named to County Workforce Investment Board

Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon has been named a charter member of the Orange County Workforce Investment Board.

Gordon is the only university president serving on the OCWIB, which was created by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to establish a workforce development system for the county.

He is joined on the 41-member board by Leslie Purdy, president of Coastline Community College; John F. Dean, superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education; and representatives from such organizations as PacifiCare, UNISYS, Southern California Edison, Goodwill Industries, Automobile Club of Southern California, Orange County Central Labor Council and the State Department of Rehabilitation.

"Members of the OCWIB will have unique opportunities to impact the development of a strong regional workforce, through directing the administration of over $10 million of state and federal funds," said Charles V. Smith, chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

The OCWIB, which replaces the county's Private Industry Council, operates four Regional One-Stop Career Centers that serve as an employment and training resource for companies seeking employees and individuals seeking employment. The centers provide labor market information; business development, financing and incentive assistance; recruitment services; and training and development.

Responsibilities of the board include overseeing a five-year strategic local plan, appointing a youth council, identifying eligible providers of training services, developing employer linkages, coordinating economic development strategies, and establishing policies and guidelines.

President of Cal State Fullerton since 1990, Gordon is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Committee on Access and Inclusion. He is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Board of Directors and is also a member of the NCAA Executive Committee. He served as a member of the NCAA Committee to Study Division I Basketball Issues and currently serves as chair of the NCAA Baseball Research Panel.

Gordon also is active in civic affairs and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Orange County Business Council, El Dorado Bank, South Coast Repertory and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Gordon's awards include the 1999 Cesar Chavez Community Service Award by the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, 1998 Manager of the Year Award by the Orange County Chapter of the Society of Advancement of Management, 1998 Orange County NCAACP Citizens of Distinction Award, 1994 Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund, and the Honor Milton A. Gordon Day, September 22, 1992, at Chicago State University.

Dr. Gordon holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Detroit, and a B.S. in mathematics and secondary education from Xavier University of Louisiana.

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