Tony will put students first in his decisions and help COC excel to new heights!!

Paul Nelson De La Cerda

- Former Board Member, Saugus Union School District

Valley Industry Association

Barbara Myler

- CEO, Summit West Public Relations & Marketing

Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce

Santa Clarita Republican Women Federated

Jill Mellady

- Business owner, College of the Canyons Foundation Member

Steve Hopp

- Pilot

Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine

- College of the Canyons. Educational Administrator, Dean, International Affairs and Global Engagement, International Affairs and Global Engagement

Tim Honadel

- College of the Canyons Director International Student Program

Marlee Lauffer

- President Henry Mayo Hospital Foundation. Vice President Marketing and Communications

Mike Bjorkman

- Real Estate Professional

Taylor Kellstrom

- Real Estate Professional

Suzette Martinez Valladares

- 38th District Assembly Candidate. Business Owner

Marty Ritz

- Retired Law Enforcement Office. College Professor

Fred Arnold

- Mortgage Professional

Sue Watson

- Retired - Los Angeles Police Protective League

Michael Watson

- Retired - Los Angeles Police Department

Brian Koegle

- Attorney Poole, Schaffrey, Koegle

Jeffrey Hacker

- Attorney Hacker Law Group

Greg Amsler

- Business owner. 2009 Santa Clarita Man of the Year

Elizabeth Hopp

- Retired Business Woman. 2013 Santa Clarita Woman of the Year

Gloria Mercado - Fortine

- District Administrator LA Unified School District. 2018 Santa Clarita Woman of the Year

Tom Dierckman

- Former President of The Valencia Company / Newhall Land and Farm. 2012 Santa Clarita Man of the Year

Linda Storli

- William S Hart Union High School District Governing Board Member

Steve Sturgeon

- William S Hart Union High School District Governing Board Member

Bob Jensen

- William S Hart Union High School District Governing Board Member

Cameron Smyth

- Mayor City of Santa Clarit

John Maggiora

- William S Hart School District - Teacher

Frank Di Tomaso

- President - Bank of Santa Clarita

Thomas Negron

- PBF Energy

Marta Negron

- LA County Sheriffs Department

Michele Jenkins

- President - COC Board of Trustees

Steve Zimmer

- President - COC Board of Trustees

Michael Berger

- COC Board of Trustees

Howard "Buck" McKeon

- Former US Representative 25th District, Former Former Chairman of the House Education Committee, Former Chair of the House Armed Services Committee

Steve Cooley

- Former LA District Attorney

Jackie Lacey

- LA District Attorney

Scott Wilk

- California State Senator 21st District

Mike Garcia

- Congressman 25th District

Tony Watson is a great fit for the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees. Go Tony Watson!

Cesar Torres

- Graphic Designer

An Experienced Local Leader, Who Understands the “Community” in Community College.

Tony Watson has deep connections in the Santa Clarita Community. He grew up in Saugus, graduating from Saugus High School, from College of the Canyons, and from the Master’s University. He’s an experienced volunteer, having served numerous local nonprofit organizations, including K-12 schools, and has worked in high-level positions at local businesses. His community network is WIDE, and he has used it to benefit students and COC, a practice he will continue. Tony supports programs leading to improved transfer, graduation and completion rates. With input from local businesses, he will help the college increase student internships and opportunities for work experience, which he says are critical for getting good jobs. He plans to uses his network to help the college expand community partnerships.

Tony Is...

  • A passionate advocate of low-cost tuition, fees and textbooks, providing affordable college opportunities to everyone who wants to attend.
  • A supporter of a diverse faculty, administration and staff to be advocates and role models for our increasingly diverse student body. He is fluent in Spanish.
  • A widely experienced, effective board member, having served on many local community boards.
  • A practical, can-do person, who understands policy, administration, finance, checks, balances and fiscal accountability.

He is a unifier and a listener, known for creating teams, bringing people together, bridging differences and developing understanding and civil dialog between people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.

Tony Watson understands and loves our community and our community college. Santa Clarita needs his breadth of community involvement to bring THE COMMUNITY’S VOICE to the college’s Board of Trustees.

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