At-Large Candidates #1:
Erik Cooper - Dean of Planning, Research and Resource Development - Sierra College
"I am currently the Dean of Planning, Research, and Resource Development at Sierra College. I’ve previously worked at Yuba College as the Director of Planning, Research, and Student Success. At both colleges, I’ve directly overseen institutional research and institutional effectiveness functions. Until December 2017, part of my responsibilities at Sierra College involved overseeing the Staff Development Office. I work regularly with multiple offices on campus, such as Testing and Assessment, to implement policies and procedures and serve as a resource to numerous committees, workgroups, and taskforces. I’m currently working with our VP of Administrative Services to forecast the implications of the Success Component of the Student Centered Funding Formula.
I am currently serving as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for Sierra College overseeing the collaborative process of writing our next ISER. I was also involved in writing the 2012 ISER at Yuba College and 2013 ISER for Sierra College. I have been a visiting team member for multiple accreditation site visits, both under the old regime at ACCJC and the current administration.
I am currently an RP Group Board member, first elected as an At-large member in 2013, and have served on multiple committees and the executive board. I’ve been on the RP Conference planning committee since 2011 and function as the Sacramento and Far-North Regional RP Coordinator. In addition to the RP Group, I was a member of the CCCCO Assessment workgroup for several years, served as Assessment Coordinators appointee to the Common Assessment Initiative Advisory group and eventually one of the co-chairs for that body. In 2018, I was appointed to the AB 705 Implement Committee. "
Statement of Candidacy:
"Every one of us is seeing the rapid change of in the college environment—from changes to how we’re funded to implementing systemic change via guided pathways models. ACCCA is one of the few organizations that brings administrators across the community colleges together into a common group. That common bond allows ACCCA to provide training and leadership in areas where we all need help.
I work at Sierra College as the Dean of Planning, Research, and Resource Development. I am the Accreditation Liaison Officer for our next site visit. Until 2018, I oversaw our Staff Development Office, which included participation in developing our convocations, numerous FLEX activities, and helping facilitate a new employee orientation program. Prior to Sierra, I spent time at Yuba College and Western Washington University. I am currently a board member for the RP Group and have served on the RP Conference Committee, Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, and help run the Sacramento Regional RP Group. I’ve served on several CCCCO committees and taskforces, such as the Assessment Workgroup, Common Assessment Initiative Advisory Committee—including time as co-chair, and on the AB 705 Implementation Workgroup.
I am interested in serving on the ACCCA board, in serving you, because ACCCA is positioned to help make us all stronger. We need the expertise of as many different groups of people, so that we can provide the best training, best analysis, and best advocacy for ourselves and our colleges. I believe my experiences with other statewide groups, at colleges, and serving on statewide committees give me the experience to help make ACCCA stronger."
Wyman Fong - Vice Chancellor, Human Resources - Chabot-Las Positas CCD
Wyman M. Fong currently serves as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. As Vice Chancellor for a multi-college district, he is responsible for the administration of human resource functions including but not limited to Equal Employment, Unlawful Discrimination, Employee and Labor Relations, Contract Negotiations, Training, and Organizational Development.
Wyman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from California State University, East Bay, and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University.
Wyman was previously elected by his peers to serve two terms as President of the Association of Chief Human Resource Officers for California Community Colleges, and his efforts and contributions in the field of human resources have been acknowledged by the California State Legislature. Wyman was also the recipient of the 2015
Award for Progress in Diversity from the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) which supports all administrators of California's 114 community college campuses. In 2016, Wyman was elected to serve on the ACCCA board, and will conclude his term this fiscal year.
Finally, Wyman is deeply involved with Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and LEAP Advance which is a long-standing partnership between APAHE and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). Serving on the APAHE board since 2007, and volunteering every year for LEAP Advance for nearly a decade now, Wyman is passionate about the individual and collective efforts to mentor and support others.
Statement of Candidacy:
" Thank you for considering my candidacy as a member of the ACCCA Board. I have been with our community college system for over 20 years and currently serve as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. In addition to my “day” job, I continually serve on various committees and boards with a commitment to help develop, prepare, and support our very own future leaders. This is the primary reason I am running for the ACCCA board.
I have served as President of the Association of Chief Human Resource Officers/Equal Employment Officers (ACHRO/EEO) and continue to assist ACHRO/EEO with its human resources training programs to also promote from within. I also currently serve as a member of the ACCCA Board and assigned to the ACCCA conference planning committee, as well as its board policy committee.
In 2015, I was honored to be nominated by my colleagues and friends to be the recipient of the ACCCA Award for Progress in Diversity. Additionally, I also serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) and also volunteer annually as faculty for the Leadership Development Program in Higher Education housed at Cal Poly Pomona.
Finally, I care about our educational system and am a stanch advocate for our diverse needs. I would be honored to continue to serve as your ACCCA representative and thank you for taking the time to consider my candidacy."