Ross Selvidge for PCC Board of Trustees
Finally, there is someone running for elected office who actually understands spreadsheets full of otherwise indecipherable numbers.
That person, Dr. Ross Selvidge, is a longtime financial expert who is one of three candidates for the Area 1 seat on the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees.
It’s been said that the venerable college over the past few years has been something of a war zone, figuratively speaking, with teachers and administrators squaring off over reduced teaching hours and students angry over discontinued winter classes.
For PCC, combat and sinking ships are two apt metaphors, which in real life represent challenges that perfectly suit the professional abilities of the personally affable Selvidge, who, coincidentally, is both a decorated combat veteran and a retired Naval Reserve commander.
A John Muir High School student who attended PCC and graduated from USC, where he later earned his doctorate degree in finance, Selvidge has guest lectured at UCLA and Pepperdine on financial matters, and he has been a part-time teacher on the subject at USC for 15 years.
But that’s not all. In addition to his many professional and personal accomplishments, Selvidge has also served with distinction on a number of important Pasadena boards over the past two decades, among them the Planning and Recreation and Parks commissions, the Rose Bowl Operating Co. Board of Directors, the City Charter Reform Task Force, the City Hall Renovation Financing Task Force and the Library Funding Task Force, which he chaired.
Selvidge’s opponents in Tuesday’s election — Dianne Philibosian and Alex Keledjian — would bring some unique and welcome skills to the post. But nothing like those that Selvidge offers, especially now, with the college currently in a state of financial crisis and its leaders unable to set the listing ship straight and chart a steady course.
In our opinion, Selvidge is the right person at this critical time to be sitting in that Board of Trustees seat. With Selvidge onboard, PCC should be shipshape and running smoothly again in no time.
On Tuesday, cast your vote for Dr. Ross Selvidge for the PCC Board of Trustees.