|Trustee Frank "Mike" Meldau|
A new trustee was appointed last night to fill the vacancy in Area 7 of the South Orange County Community College District which represents Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and some unincorporated areas. Dr. Frank “Mike” Meldau was sworn in following a public interview process and a 4-2 vote of the board leadership he will join. His term will end November 6, 2012.From the American Academy of Forensic Psychology website:
A licensed clinical forensic psychologist, Dr. Meldau has also a strong education background. He taught at Loma Linda University and supervised pre-doctoral students at Pepperdine University. He has worked with individuals and groups and has served as employee assistance counselor and in other positions that he would now represent in his new leadership role on the board.
“I am a strong supporter of the community college system, having started at a community college myself,” stated Dr. Meldau. “I am excited and honored to have this opportunity to take an active role in the district’s leadership and assist students in their success.”
Dr. Meldau is particularly proud of his personal involvement in raising his daughter, now 24, who recently graduated from California State University, San Marcos. He spoke in his interview about how much he had learned about the challenges in higher education through her recent experiences.
Forensic Psychology is the application of the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. The word "forensic" comes from the Latin word "forensis," meaning "of the forum," where the law courts of ancient Rome were held. Today forensic refers to the application of scientific principles and practices to the adversary process where specially knowledgeable scientists play a role.