Five years after retiring as a teacher and administrator, William "Bill" Jay is returning to the South Orange County Community College District as its newest trustee.
Jay will fill a seat on the district's governing board after decisively winning a special, mail-in election Tuesday in which less than 10% of eligible voters returned ballots.
More than 83% of voters chose Jay over Gary V. Miller, the only other candidate. "Of course, I am very pleased and deeply honored that the people would vote for me so overwhelmingly," Jay said. "I am eager to get into the harness and serve the students."
Miller could not be reached for comment.
The college district comprises Irvine Valley and Saddleback community colleges. Before retiring in 1999, Jay held an array of teaching and administrative positions, including president, at Saddleback over a 24-year span.