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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TC 12 14 15  December 14, 2015
Taft College Athletics Department 3rd Annual Triple Play Dinner featuring Charlie Hough
The “hot stove’ baseball season is in full swing and the 3rd annual Taft College Triple Play Dinner & Auction is nearing the on-deck circle. The event will be held again at The Historic Fort in Taft on Friday January 22, 2016, with a no host cocktail bar starting at 6:00 and the dinner will begin at 7:00pm.   Salty’s Barbeque will cater the event.
Noted baseball player and author Charlie Hough is the keynote speaker. Hough was a 25-year major league baseball veteran who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-1980, the Texas Rangers from 1980-1990, the Chicago White Sox from 1991-1992, concluding his career with the Florida Marlins from 1993-1994 at the age of 46.  Hough currently serves as the Los Angeles Dodgers senior advisor of player development. He is also a member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2012 he starred in the movie “Knuckleball” along with fellow knuckleball pitchers R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield and Phil Niekro. In his career Hough won 216 games, along with a 3.75 era and 2,362 strikeouts.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be San Francisco 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Maiocco has been a San Francisco 49ers beat writer since 1995. He is also the author of three books:  Roger Craig’s Tales from the 49ers Sidelines (2004), SF 49ers:  Where Have You Gone? (2005) and SF 49ers: The Complete Illustrated History (2013).  All proceeds for this event will help support the Taft College athletic programs. Individual tickets to this event are $75 each.  Sponsor tables that seat eight people can be purchased for $500.  For more information, please contact the Taft College Athletic Department at (661) 763-7829



December 10, 2015
Announcement of Interim Superintendent/President
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has designated Mr. Brock McMurray as the Interim Superintendent/President, effective February 1, 2016.  Brock will serve in this capacity while the District engages in a search for a new, permanent Superintendent/President following the departure of Dr. Dena Maloney.   We anticipate that the search will be complete by June 2016.
Brock joined Taft College in 2001 as the Dean of Student Services.  He became Vice President of Student Services in 2007.  As the Vice President, Brock was responsible for leading all aspects of student services including admission and records, counseling, EOPS, DSPS, Assessment Center, and student activities.  He was also responsible for campus safety, student housing, the Transition to Independent Living Program, and the Children’s Center.
In 2011, Brock assumed responsibility for Facilities, and has overseen construction and facilities projects relating to Measure A and Proposition 39.
In 2013, Brock became the Executive Vice President of Administrative Services.  He is responsible for leading Fiscal Services, Payroll, the Bookstore, Cafeteria, and Facilities.
The District has engaged PPL, Inc. to conduct a national search for the next Superintendent/President of the West Kern Community College District.   A search of this magnitude requires a lot of time and effort.  In addition, Ms. Shelley Klein has announced her intention to retire no later than May 1, 2016.    To support the search for the next Superintendent/President and the Administrative Assistant to the President and the Board, the Board of Trustees will be contracting with former Superintendent/President Dr. Roe Darnell to serve as its liaison with the search firm.  Dr. Darnell will provide leadership to the search process and helping to ensure a successful search during this time of change.
Please join me in congratulating Brock McMurray on his new role as Interim Superintendent/President of Taft College.  The Board appreciates your support during this transition period.
Sincerely,
Billy White President West Kern Community College District Board of Trustee



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