Long Beach City College says goodbye to retiring board trustees

Photos by Ashley Fowler/Signal TribuneLongtime Long Beach City College (LBCC) trustee Thomas Clark chats with fellow board members during a reception ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate his retirement.

Photos by Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune
Longtime Long Beach City College (LBCC) trustee Thomas Clark chats with fellow board members during a reception ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate his retirement.

Ashley Fowler
Staff Writer

Long Beach City College (LBCC) held a reception ceremony to honor the work of retiring trustees Thomas Clark and Mark Bowen at its board meeting on Tuesday.
“I wish to thank both Dr. Clark and trustee Bowen for their service to the students, faculty and staff of LBCC,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president of Long Beach City College.
For 16 years Clark has been on the college’s board of trustees and served a record 30 years on the Long Beach City Council– three times serving as mayor. The retired optometrist is a graduate of LBCC. He was a member of the school’s hall of fame for success in his career, as well as LBCC’s Hall of Champions for his track-and-field accolades.
Long Beach City College trustee Mark Bowen celebrates at a retirement reception ceremony held in his honor on Tuesday. He was elected to the Board in April 2006.

Long Beach City College trustee Mark Bowen celebrates at a retirement reception ceremony held in his honor on Tuesday. He was elected to the Board in April 2006.

“Dr. Clark’s dedication to LBCC is noteworthy, as he helped the board work through difficult times by offering clarity on issues, honest assessment of proposed projects and keen insight on how to meet our objectives,” said Jeff Kellogg, president of the board of trustees. “As he begins his retirement, Dr. Clark’s legacy at LBCC will remain a large part of its future as projects he helped develop and bring to fruition are nearing completion, and others have yet to begin.”
Bowen was elected to the board in April 2006.
“Trustee Bowen has been a vital member of the board working diligently on major capital works plans and supporting programs that focus on student needs and the future of the college,” Oakley said. “His work has made a tremendous difference that has secured a bright outlook for LBCC.”
Bowen earned a bachelor’s degree in history and teaches social studies at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles.
“Trustee Bowen’s background in education has been a vital component in assisting the board with achieving its mission of service to our students,” Kellogg said. “I wish to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work and effort trustee Bowen has provided over the past eight years and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
The two trustees’ terms officially expire on Tuesday, July 22. Newly elected members of the LBCC Board of Trustees will be sworn in at the following board meeting on Tuesday, July 29.

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