NEW ADMINISTRATOR TO HELP
GUIDE MISSION COLLEGE PLANNING
An executive with broad experience
in strategic planning, program and financial administration, and facilities
management has joined the administrative team at Los Angeles Mission College.
The appointment of Dr. Richard O. Arvizu as Associate Vice President for
Administrative Services was announced by Mission College President Adriana
"By training and education, Dr. Arvizu is an engineer and business
administrator," said Dr. Barrera. "We feel very lucky to have
an administrator with expertise in so many areas."
Arvizu will report directly to Shari Borchetta, Vice President for Administrative
Services. That unit is responsible for fiscal operations, budget, human
resources, facilities management (including new construction and renovation),
campus security, and college services such as phone systems, mail and
reprographics. While assisting Borchetta in all of these areas, his chief
functions are expected to be in budget and finance and human resources,
A resident of West Hills, Arvizu spent most of his career with the Department
of Defense (DOD) as an engineer and systems program director before retiring
and turning to education. He comes to Mission College most recently from
Rio Hondo Community College, where he served as Executive Dean, College
Services. As such, Arvizu directed or managed units responsible for fiscal
and budget operations, facilities planning, and institutional effectiveness.
He also currently serves as an adjunct professor in business management
with the University of Phoenix.
"After I retired (from DOD), I felt I still had something to contribute,"
said Arvizu. "Initially, I wanted to be an instructor or professor,
but I realized I could make a more significant contribution as an administrator.
I look forward to offering my thoughts and suggestions on how to help
Mission College better serve its growing enrollment."
Arvizu's 30-year career
with the federal government included engineering and management positions
with various DOD units, including as Executive Director of the Space and
Missile Systems Center; Technical Director of the Air Force's Phillips
Laboratory; and Director of Engineering and Program Management with the
Air Force office charged with administering all defense contracts with
Hughes Aircraft Company.
Arvizu holds a Doctorate in business administration from United States
International University in San Diego; Master's degrees from the University
of Southern California (public administration) and California State University,
Dominguez Hills (administration); a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering
from San Jose State University; and a Program Management diploma from
Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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