Pasadena City College Trustee Ross Selvidge — who represents La Cañada Flintridge, west Pasadena and west Altadena on the Pasadena Area Community College Board of Trustees' Area 1 — recently announced he will seek reelection on June 5.
First elected in 2013, Selvidge has more than 40 years of experience in land use policy, real estate finance and infrastructure financing. As a part-time faculty member at USC for 15 years, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in real estate finance, investment analysis and development approval.
In a statement issued this week the Pasadena resident and former PCC student explained how, during his time on the board, the campus went from being placed on probation by its accreditation commission for "deficiencies in organizational functions and planning practices" to being commended for its achievements.
"I am pleased that during my service as president of the Board of Trustees this past year, the probation was lifted and the college was recognized multiple times for academic excellence and service to its students," he said.
A commissioner for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, Selvidge has served on Pasadena's Planning and Parks and Recreation commissions and worked with its City Charter Reform Task Force and the Rose Bowl Stadium Operating Co.
He's been endorsed by all five members of the La Cañada Flintridge City Council and former Mayor Laura Olhasso as well as La Cañada Unified School Board members Dan Jeffries and Brent Kuszyk. A supporter of the Sagebrush territory transfer, Selvidge appeared twice before the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization to advocate for the boundary shift.
"[His] tenure as La Cañada Flintridge's representative on the PCC Board of Trustees has been marked by an unwavering dedication to creating opportunities at PCC for students from our community while at the same time assuring fiscal responsibility," La Cañada Mayor Mike Davitt said in the statement.