Bill joined the SOCCCD board in April of 2004, after a special election necessitated by the resignation of Dorothy Fortune. Jay had been both an instructor and an administrator at the district; he retired in 1999. (From 1996 until 1999, Jay served as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and Human Resources for the District.)
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Jay, as trustee, was always sympathetic to the faculty union and its concerns; the (newly reformed) union had worked to ensure his appointment in 2004, out-maneuvering the conservative board majority (led by the likes of Tom Fuentes and Don Wagner) at the time. As we've reported previously,
In May of '04, our pal Marla Jo at the OC Register reported the relevent events as follows:
The controversy concerning the Board’s political gamesmanship drove away the Majority’s choice, and thus it was that Bill Jay, the union’s candidate, became Fortune’s trustee replacement.
The envelope flap is the latest wrinkle in controversy over who will be the new trustee for the [SOCCCD], which operates Saddleback and Irvine Valley colleges. The election is to replace former Trustee Dorothy Fortune, who moved.—Enter Bill Jay, one-time member of the SOCCCD Faculty Association.
Trustees appointed Eric Norby, chief of staff to his brother, [Republican] Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby, to fill the position, but faculty and students complained that the process smacked of cronyism.
They gathered signatures on petitions to trigger a special election—a move that caused Eric Norby to resign, saying he didn't want the stress of running for office. (OC Register, 5/27/04)