Barbara George wins in race for Cuesta College Board of Trustees seat

acornejo@thetribunenews.comNovember 6, 2012 

Barbara George

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Barbara George won the one contested seat on the Cuesta College Board of Trustees.

George, the former executive director of the Cuesta College Foundation, who beat the challenger with 63 percent of the vote, will replace Per Mathiesen, 80, who did not seek re-election after serving on the board for 16 years.

Challenger David Baldwin, a union representative for the cement masons, trailed with only 37 percent of district votes with all precincts reporting.

Incumbents Angela Mitchell,vice president of the board, and trustee Gaye Galvan ran unopposed. Mitchell has been on the board since 2000 and Galvan since 1996.

George will be seated on the board of trustees just as the college is set to learn of its accreditation standing.

Cuesta College faces unprecedented struggles related to its accreditation, which it has been struggling to retain since 2009, when it received an initial warning by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that it was not meeting the required standards.

A final decision will not be made until January by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Should the college lose its accreditation, it will be forced to close.

The college also faces steep budget cuts. Cuesta College officials are already planning to reduce the number of programs they will offer students. The exact number of programs cut will be determined by the outcome of Tuesday’s returns on Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's temporary tax measure. If it fails, Cuesta College would have to cut nearly $3 million.

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