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Pasadena City College Has New Dean of Human Resources

January 12, 2006

PASADENA -- Jorge Aguiñiga, most recently human resources manager for the city of Fresno, has been named the new dean of human resources at Pasadena City College. His appointment was effective Jan. 3.

"PCC is very fortunate to have hired such an experienced human resources administrator," said PCC President James Kossler. "Jorge Aguiñiga is a man who is very familiar with the detailed requirements of today's personnel work, but he is also someone who has not lost sight of the 'human' aspects of the human resources profession. He is a welcomed addition to the college's administrative team."

In Fresno Aguiñiga served as lead negotiator and administrator of 11 collective bargaining agreements and lead management representative in labor litigation from 1994 to 2004. His extensive experience in issue analysis, grievance resolution, and unit designations will be a valuable asset to PCC, school officials say.

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"My role is to promote the goals and vision of PCC by making the human resources area a support department for the college," said Aguiñiga. "I want to get a feel for the college environment then set priorities, before making recommendations. Human resources is the engine to implement change."

His professional service and affiliations include the Airline Human Resources Association, California Public Employers Labor Relations Association, and president of the Yale Club of the Central Valley. He also served as assistant to the dean of Yale College in charge of student services while in law school.

Aguiñiga served as legal and labor relations manager for Mexicana Airlines from 1976 to 1989 after receiving his law degree from Yale Law School. He received bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1969.

While at Mexicana, Aguiñiga managed legal and labor relations from his office located just outside Los Angeles International Airport. In his 14 years with the Mexican flagship airline, he studied the relationships and politics of Mexico and the evolution of the country's political party system.

"At the time I worked for Mexicana, the airline was growing by leaps and bounds, with 42 offices across the globe," said Aguiñiga. "My family was very political in Mexico when I was a child and that helped me understand the culture for this position."

That culture forced Aguiniga's family to leave Mexico for the United States in 1956. His family settled in Highland Park where he attended Benjamin Franklin High School.

From 1990 to 1992, Aguiñiga taught political science at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Now he returns to an educational setting with PCC.

"I really wanted to get back into an academic environment, especially a community college," said Aguiñiga. "I know the area and know that PCC is well-rooted and enjoys a great deal of community support."

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