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Thursday, July 17, 2014

OCC’s Vice President of Instruction, John Weispfenning, Ph.D., has been named president of Santiago Canyon College in the city of Orange. He begins his new duties on August 4.

“I am saddened to see John leave, but cannot think of a more prepared and deserving person to move into the presidency,” said OCC President Dennis Harkins.

“John has been a dedicated member of the Orange Coast College family,” Harkins said. “Through his leadership over the past two years, the college has been able to expand the number of course offerings to our students and implement transfer degrees to the California State University system.”

Weispfenning has been at Orange Coast since 2012 .He has been responsible for all instructional activities, including curriculum, scheduling, accreditation, assessment and academic planning. He administered a budget of $52 million.

Before joining OCC, Weispfenning was a dean of instruction at Santiago Canyon College from 2007-2012. Prior to that, he was associate dean for academic affairs at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He was an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Otterbein, which he joined in 1995 and chaired from 1999-2004.

Weispfenning is the author of more than two dozen academic publications and papers dealing with media organizations, processes and content. His research has been published in the Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly and Mass Comm Review.

Weispfenning has served on the Executive Board of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers, on the Executive Board of the Council of Chief Librarians of the California Community Colleges, as the executive director of the Speech Communication Association of Ohio, and as the chair of the Mass Communication Interest Group of the Central States Communication Association.

He received his doctorate from Purdue University. He earned a Master of Science in Communication from North Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

Santiago Canyon College serves 14,000 students each semester, including the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park. The college is in the Rancho Santiago Community College District.