Gillick Takes Reins as President of the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees

    December 14, 2009


    JOSHUA TREE, Ca – Owen Gillick moved into the Presidency of the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees at a reorganization meeting on December 10th.

    Owen Gillick was elected to the Board in November of 2008 after serving 2 years on the board as an appointed member. Gillick has a long history with Copper Mountain College that began in 1975 when Gillick became employed by College of the Desert at its High Desert Campus in Twentynine Palms (after 1982 at its Copper Mountain Campus). Throughout that period he also worked as an independent contractor and was active in the work of Friends of Copper Mountain College, the campus’s fundraising arm. Gillick served as executive director for much of that time until leaving in 1995 to run for the College District’s Board of Trustees.

    During the meeting, the other one-year leadership positions approved during the meeting include:
    Vice President: Dick Rogers
    Clerk: Eva Kinsman
    Trustee: Liz Meyer
    Trustee: Rita Ramirez Dean

    The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall planning and policymaking for the College. Copper Mountain College has been serving residents of the Morongo Basin since 1966, and became independently accredited in 2001. CMC currently offers more than 24 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

    Copper Mountain College is committed to providing access to educational opportunities for diverse desert communities through a comprehensive curriculum and a passion for the success of every individual student.

    Regular Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. All meetings are held in CMC Room 119, 6162 Rotary Way in Joshua Tree, California. For general information regarding Copper Mountain College visit us at or call 760.366.3791.

    Photo Caption: New Copper Mountain Community College Board of Trustees President Owen Gillick being sworn in by Superintendent/President Roger Wagner.