HUNTINGTON BEACH — Philip Westin, vice president of instruction at Golden West College, will become the college's new president, officials announced Thursday night.
The new chief executive of the two-year community college will succeed Judith Valles, who is retiring next month after five years as president.
The trustees of Coast Community College District, which governs Golden West, voted unanimously to promote Westin following a special board meeting Thursday night. He will begin his new post on July 1.
Westin began his tenure as vice president of the college in August, 1991, and previously served as executive director of the South Bay Center for the Arts and dean of fine arts at El Camino College. He was also a professor of music at Cerritos College and a music conductor in Norwalk and Torrance.