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January 8, 2004 
Vol. 2, No. 1

VVC Welcomes New College Administrators

Jeffrey Cooper and Dr. L. Thomas O’Neil have been hired by Victor Valley College to fill two administrative positions that were formerly held by interim appointees.
Mr. Cooper will serve as the new Executive Vice President/Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and Dr. O’Neil will serve as the Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Jeffrey Cooper, Vice President/Deputy Superintendent of Instruction

Jeffrey Cooper comes to the college from Shasta College (Redding, CA) where he was the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Mr. Cooper is a graduate of Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA), earned 60 units of course work from Los Angeles Pierce College, received his Bachelor of Arts degree (Speech Communication, History minor; 1974) and his Master of Arts degree (Speech Communication; 1975) from California State University, Northridge.

“I am very excited to be here to help Victor Valley College move forward, Mr. Cooper stated. This college is a dynamic institution, and I am pleased to be a part of this supportive learning environment. It is my goal to bring faculty, staff and students together for a more rewarding educational experience,” Mr. Cooper added.

Dr. L. Thomas O’Neil, Dean, Humanities and Social Science

Dr. L. Thomas O’Neil formerly served as the Dean of the Division of Extended Education at California Sate University Los Angeles.

Dr. O’Neil received a Ph.B. from the University of North Dakota (Religious Studies, minor Philosophy), a Master of Arts degree (Comparative Religion) from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. (South Asian Philosophy and Religion) form McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

“I wanted the opportunity to work closer with students, and I believe Victor Valley College is the place to do just that,” Dr. O’Neil said. “I look forward to working closely with faculty, staff and students to reach the goals Dr. Spencer has set for the college.”


Hall of Fame/Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony to be Held This Month


Jan and Dean and the Surf City Allstars are the featured act at the annual

Victor Valley College District Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony. The event will be held in the Desert Community Bank building at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. The dinner show and awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.

To be honored are Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee Art Bishop, a division chief with the Apple Valley Fire Department and Distinguished Service Award recipients Margaret Diaz, Larry Huber and Bob Tinsley.
Art Bishop graduated from Victor Valley College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Science in 1982. He has since distinguished himself as a well-respected firefighter, division chief and youth mentor. He was responsible for launching the first Fire Explorer Academy in the High Desert and is very involved as an instructor in the local Fire Explorer Program.

Activity Calendar

Performing Arts Center

  • Performing Arts Center
    Monday January 19, 2004
    6:00 p.m.
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration


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