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practices have to keep pace. Over the years he also built on his practical expertise as a licensed CPA by becoming a Certified Internal Auditor, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Certified Quality Analyst.  During the early 2000s, Steve took a position as Vice President of Business Services at Monterey Peninsula College. From there, he became Vice Chancellor for Business Services for the West Valley- Mission Community College District, where he managed a broad range of services including: finance, IT, facilities operations, purchasing, campus police, construction planning and more. According to Albert Moore, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at West Valley-Mission, “Steve brought steady leadership and a fresh sense of unity to the various administrative service areas. I assist- ed him in his development of a strategic master plan for West Valley-Mission that encompassed all of the services under his umbrella as well as HR and the Chancellor’s office. We continue to build on that plan today.” Moore added that, “Gavilan has benefitted not only from his business and leadership skills and longevity with the district, but also his connection to the local community. Steve has really helped to put Gavilan on the map.” Fruitful Years Back at Gavilan Things came full-circle in 2003 when the trustees of Gavilan College invited Steve back as President. Soon after stepping into his role, Steve advocated for the passage of Measure E, a $108 million general obligation facilities bond to provide funds for the entire Gavilan system. It passed in 2004. Today, Gavilan operates campuses in Gilroy and Hollister as well as classrooms in Morgan Hill. The Coyote Valley Education Center is slated to open this fall and plans are in place to open a San Benito campus in the future. In 2013, Gavilan received a six- year accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in the western U.S. Accreditation is measured against defined standards to ensure degree programs are of value to students and their degrees will be recognized as legitimate by other schools, employers, and trade or profession- related licensing agencies. Steve has served as a Commissioner of the ACCJC for more than six years and is currently its Chair. That same year, Steve hired Fred Harris as Gavilan’s Vice President of Administrative Services. They got to know each other during Fred’s 17 years working as Assistant Vice Chancellor of College Finance and Facilities Planning for the California Community College District. According to Fred, “When I was in Sacramento, Steve was on my speed dial. I called him when I needed a clear perspec- tive on fiscal conditions at the local district level. His analyses were so complete they provided a basis for shaping state policy. Steve’s combined background, knowledge and perspective is rare in our profession these days.” “Steve was a great mentor in the early days of my career. He not only taught me about the technical aspects of our work, but also how to lead and implement change in a diverse community college district.” Victoria Lewis, VP of Administrative Services, Cabrillo College 14 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2016 gmhtoday.com