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 Three County Board of Education Members Take Oath of Office

The San Diego County Board of Education got an infusion of new life today when two newly-elected board members took the oath of office and joined the five-member board. Gregg Robinson, a professor at Grossmont Community College, now represents the metropolitan San Diego-area First District; Cuyamaca Community College professor Lyn Neylon now represents the South Bay-area Second District. Board President Mark Anderson, who was re-elected earlier this year, will continue representing the North County-area Fourth District.

The County Board of Education sets policy for the San Diego County Office of Education and selects and hires the County Superintendent of Schools. County Superintendent Randy Ward oversees the San Diego County Office of Education, which provides a broad range of services to the county’s 42 public school districts.

Gregg Robinson, born in Long Beach, CA attended UCSD where he earned his BA and PhD in Sociology. Having worked as a teacher most of his life, Robinson taught at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Austin State University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Robinson has instructed sociology students at Grossmont Community College for 22 years.

When asked why he decided to run for the County Board of Education Robinson said, “My decision to run for the Board was both personal and political. My professional life has been devoted to researching the impact of inequality on education and other social issues. I decided I would combine my professional concern with education with my political commitment to the struggle for greater equality by running for the Board of Education.”

Lyn Neylon grew up in Bonita attending local K-12 public schools and Southwestern College before transferring to SDSU. Neylon holds two Bachelor’s degrees from SDSU, in English and Psychology, a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from the United States International University, a Masters in Humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a PhD from UC Riverside in Comparative Literature. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Southwestern College and taught English, ESL & Humanities at Cuyamaca College for the past 18 years.

Neylon believes strongly in the work of the Board. “I think the San Diego County Board of Education has an important responsibility to students and employees,” she said. “Our job is to work together to ensure that we promote innovation, carefully consider fiscal impacts, and take steps to create the best learning and working environment possible.”

Re-elected Board of Education President Mark Anderson recently challenged the community to raise $30,000 to fund scholarships to send kids to 6th grade camp and he would shave his 42-year-old mustache. The community exceeded the challenge and raised $48,000 – enough to fund 160 full scholarships.

Prior to his election to the County Board in 2009, Anderson served as a part-time professor of Health Education at Mesa College, Southwestern College, SDSU, and Chapman University. Anderson currently serves as an Adjunct professor of Health Education at San Diego Miramar College. Anderson is also a member of the California Schools Voluntary Employees Benefit Association (VEBA) Board. He has also served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Federation of Teachers.

“My top priority is to explore all options to get our schools back to top quality education, by providing support to all students, teachers, support staff and parents, and the community,” he said. “Developments in education do not occur in a vacuum. It is imperative that students, school personnel, parents, and the community be involved in the future of education. I believe that the Board of Education can be the catalyst to ensure that education gets the attention, and resources, it needs to provide a future for our students.”