News Release
  August 6, 2002


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 D. Barrera.

"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, Arvizu said.

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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