The Southwestern Community College District Governing Board plays an important role in the growth and development of Southwestern College, currently the only public institution of higher education within South County. Comprised of five elected members and one student member, the Governing Board ensures that the District fulfills its responsibility to lead and serve its ever-changing communities.

To contact Governing Board members, you can email them or call the office at 619-482-6301.

According to the Community College League of California, the primary responsibilities of the Governing Board as a unit are to:

  • Set the policy direction
  • Employ a chief executive officer as the institutional leader
  • Act as a community bridge and buffer
  • Establish the climate in which educational goals are accomplished
  • Define legal, ethical and prudent standards for college operations
  • Assure fiscal health and stability
  • Maintain standards for good personnel relations
  • Monitor institutional performance
  • Lead as a thoughtful educated team

The Southwestern Community College District Governing Board Members

 photo of Nora Vargas

Nora E. Vargas -- Seat 2
December 2014 - November, 2018
Board President


 Tim Nader

Tim Nader -- Seat 5

 December, 2014 - November, 2018
Board Vice President


 Griselda Delgado

Griselda A. Delgado -- Seat 1
December, 2014 - November, 2016


 Photo of GB member Norma Hernandez

Norma L. Hernandez -- Seat 4
Term: December, 2014 - November, 2018

portrait of Peraza 

Humberto Peraza, Jr. -- Seat 3 
Term: December, 2012 - November, 2016


 ASO President Melissa Rodriguez

Melissa Rodriguez -- Student Trustee 
Term: June, 2015 – May, 2016


 portrait of Nish Dr. Melinda Nish -- Superintendent/President


Last updated: 12/23/2015 2:53:59 PM