Ntuk and Chico to Lead LBCCD For a Second Year In a Row
At its Annual Organization and Regular Session meeting on Wed., Dec. 15, the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees elected Trustee as President Uduak-Joe Ntuk of the LBCCD Board of Trustees, and Herlinda Chico was elected Vice President. This is the second year in a row that Ntuk and Chico will serve in these roles.
In this role, Ntuk will preside over the meetings of the governing Board, select committee appointments, serve as a signatory of diplomas, chief spokesperson for the Board, among other duties. The positions are elected annually among the five elected Board members, to a one-year term.
Ntuk was elected in 2018 to represent Area 1, covering Uptown Long Beach, and is the first African-American male elected to serve on the Board since Long Beach City College’s founding in 1927. He has led the expansion of free bus and transit passes for students, established the preferred name policy, championed diversity and inclusion changes, and supported the creation of innovative job training programs.
In 2019, he was appointed as the 17th California State Oil and Gas Supervisor responsible for directing a statewide regulatory, technical, and field operation. Committed to educating the next generation of engineers and scientists, President Ntuk shares his expertise as a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Department at California State University, Long Beach. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts at LBCC, a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach, and his Master of Science in Engineering at the University of Southern California.
Chico represents Area 4 which includes East Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Catalina Island. She is the first person of color to be elected to this seat and the first Mexican American woman elected to the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees. She is a product of the California community college system. She attended Rio Hondo Community College and transferred to California State University, San Bernardino where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications. Chico is a third-generation public servant and has 20 years of legislative and public affairs experience. She currently works for Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, serving as the lead liaison for constituent services and policy advisor for Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Catalina Island. As a long-time resident of Long Beach and active community advocate, Chico’s community service has been recognized by several Long Beach organizations including the Long Beach Branch NAACP (President’s Award), Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride (Whitey Littlefield Bridge Builder Award), Centro Cha (Excellence in Community Service Award), the Cambodian Association of America (Outstanding Public Service Award) and Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell’s Woman of Distinction Award.
The Board of Trustees also voted to approve the contract for Dr. Mike Muñoz to become the next Superintendent-President. Muñoz had previously served as the Vice President of Student Services and, for the past nine months, served as the Interim Superintendent-President.
About Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College consists of two campuses with an enrollment of over 25,000 students each semester and serves the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, and Avalon. LBCC promotes equitable student learning and achievement, academic excellence, and workforce development by delivering high quality educational programs and support services to our diverse communities. Visit www.LBCC.edu for more information about Long Beach City College.
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