The San Luis Obispo County Community College District’s (SLOCCCD) longest serving member of the current Board of Trustees has resigned. Gaye Galvan, who was elected as a Trustee for District 5 in 1996, submitted her resignation effective February 6, 2014, due to health reasons to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education on January 21st. The 1975 graduate of Cuesta College and longtime resident of Atascadero officially participated in her last Board meeting on February 5th. Her current term would have ended in 2016.

During Galvan’s more than 17 years serving on the Board, she was involved in taking action on crucial matters involving state budget cuts, the growth of the North County Campus, accreditation actions, and the Cuesta Promise Scholarship.

“Gaye Galvan epitomizes volunteerism at the highest level,” said Cuesta College Superintendent/President Gil Stork. “Her commitment to education for all citizens of San Luis Obispo County is unmatched. I have such admiration for not only her passion for the importance of education, but the enthusiasm and spirit she brings to her many service roles. Gaye has certainly left an important legacy of selfless service to Cuesta College, and our students are the direct beneficiary of that legacy.”

According to California Education Code, Section 5091, in order to fill a vacancy, the SLOCCCD Board of Trustees must either call for an election or make a provisional appointment within 60 days of the vacancy. At the Board meeting on February 5th, the Board voted to move forward with making a provisional appointment and has begun the process of soliciting applications from individuals interested in serving as an appointed member of the Board of Trustees until the next regularly scheduled election for governing board members in November 2014.
The 5th District serves the communities of Atascadero, California Valley, Creston, Garden Farms, Pozo, Santa Margarita, and portions of San Luis Obispo, Templeton and Cal Poly.
Galvan joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959 and served until 1966. She has been highly involved in supporting education for decades and, since 1981, has been a member of both the San Luis Obispo County Board of Education and the SLO County School Boards Association Board of Directors, serving as president of the SLO CSBA from 1982-1994. She has been recognized with the 29th Assembly District Woman of the Year Award in 1991, the Grace Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the National Guard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and the President’s “Service to America” Award in 2007 for more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service.

Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / / Posted: 2/7/14