By Bryan Pedroza
To fill a vacant spot, Tyree Wieder is coming out of retirement to serve as East Los Angeles College’s interim president until the Los Angeles Community College District finds a permanent president.
“Community colleges are dedicated to students, to do everything they can and enhance student success, class offerings, and student services,” said Weider.
One of her key goals is to finalize all aspects of the Achieve the Dream Program. “Our students face numerous challenges and the more we can offer positive and meaningful learning opportunities, the closer we are to fulfilling our mission,” said Wieder. She also mentioned this is the planning year for the AtD, “We are just getting started to put plans into place to determine how we will move forward with the achieve the dream act.”
Wieder looks forward to getting to know the people at ELAC and the faculty. When asked about how long she was going to be at ELAC, she mentioned it will last until the end of the spring semester. After that, the college will have a new permanent president.
Wieder served as president of Los Angeles Valley College for an unprecedented 14 years. She had retired in 2008 after 34 years of working in higher education, holding numerous administrative and faculty positions.
During her tenure as president, she established several academic programs that helped raise student success. In addition she was responsible for the oversight of a $300 million dollar building program at Valley.
Weider serves as a consultant on issues of management and organization in education and small business development.
Wieder mentions in the Husky Herald that her passion and priority has always been student success. “Our students face numerous challenges,” said Weider.
When asked how she felt about stepping into former president Moreno’s shoes, she said “I don’t think I could fit them. Those are big shoes.”
”I have the experience from working with him and knowing him for twenty years in the Los Angeles (Community College) District when I was vice-president of academic affairs. I have the benefit of knowing, as I come to ELAC, the basic knowledge of the community. But clearly there’s still a lot to get informed on.”