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OCC Names Interim VP of Instruction
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ron Johnson Will Begin Duties January 3

Ron Johnson
Ed.D., an educational consultant and former Vice President for Academic Affairs at College of the Sequoias, will be Orange Coast College's Interim Vice President of Instruction starting January 3rd.

The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees approved Johnson's appointment at its December 14th board meeting. Johnson replaces Melinda Nish, who is leaving OCC to become president/superintendent of Southwestern College in south San Diego County.

The college is expected to select a permanent replacement for Nish before the end of the spring semester.

Johnson earned his doctorate in education at Oregon State University. He is also a graduate of West Virginia University where he earned Master's and Bachelor's degrees in music.

Johnson's experience includes seven years as Dean of Performing Arts, Communications and Education at Shasta College. He was also Director of Strategic Planning at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR.

He was executive director of the Eugene Symphony Association in Eugene, OR, for four years and also was orchestra manager for the San Diego Symphony.