Brief History

1945 - 1965

Vallejo Junior College 1957

Vallejo Junior College 1957

Solano College had its inception in 1945 when the California State Department of Education authorized the Governing Board of the Vallejo Unified School District to establish a junior college on the campus of Vallejo Senior High School.  Classes for junior college students started in the fall of 1945 with fewer than 100 students.

In the fall of 1957, the Governing Board of the Vallejo Unified School District voted to separate the junior college completely from the high school by moving it to a site on Mini Drive.  Vallejo Junior College began offering summer classes in 1964, and enrollment increased to 1000 students that year.

By 1965, it was apparent that there were more advantages to a county-wide community college district, so the voters of Solano County voted overwhelmingly to establish such a district upon recommendation of the Solano County Committee on School Reorganization.  At the same time, seven trustees were elected to the new governing board, representing the committees of the district.

In the short span of a year, the new board selected a new Superintendent/President, Dr. N. Dallas Evans, and then proceeded to name a committee of fourteen members chosen from various county committees to select a site for the new campus.  An architectural firm, Johnson, Poole, Storm, Lillis and Smith, Architects Associated, was engaged early in 1967 to draw plans for the new campus.

1965 - 2000

Fairfield Campus 1971

Finally in mid-1967, the board approved plans for a 12.6 million dollar bond issue to be placed before the electorate of the county on October 17, 1967.  The issue was passed with a record high vote in California with an 84% yes margin.  The committee's recommendation was to purchase the Smith-Martin property on Suisun Valley Road.  The property consisted of 192 acres across from the Stonedene mansion.  The Phase I construction consisted of 10 buildings and the sports fields and swimming pool.  These were the Library, Science, Business Education, Administration, Social Science-Language Arts, Math-Engineering, Cosmetology-Home Economics, Student Union, Physical Education, Central Plant and Warehouse buildings.  Construction began immediately and the campus was occupied on February 8, 1971, at the current location on Suisun Valley Road in Fairfield. Student enrollment at the new location was over 3000 when it was dedicated in April of 1971.

Throughout the latter half of the 1970's, construction continued at the Suisun Valley Road site with the addition of the Music/Little Theatre building (1974) and the Vocational/Technical building (1974).  In 1976, the Horticulture building and Greenhouse were built.  In 1978 the Health Occupations/Multidiscipline building and the Fine Arts building were constructed.  By this time, the student population had grown to over 5000.

During the 1980's, the student population doubled in size to 10,000 students by 1990, and it became clear that the District needed to reach out and expand its availability to the residents of both the South County (Vallejo/Benicia) and the North County (Vacaville/Dixon/Winters).  In 1984, the District leased space at the Vallejo Library on the ground floor to provide the residents of the South County with five classrooms for instruction of college courses.  By 1992, the student population had grown to over 12,000.  In 1996, the District leased space on North Village Parkway in Vacaville (eight classrooms).

As student fees increased during the latter half of the 1990's, enrollment numbers declined to about the mid 10,000's and grew back slowly to the mid 11,000's by 2004.

2000 - 2010

Vallejo Center

Vacaville Center

In 2002, the College Governing Board authorized its first bond issue in 37 years to acquire a permanent location on 10 acres for its Vallejo Center (now located at 545 Columbus Parkway) and build a center in Vacaville as part of a master plan to eventually build a campus on 60 acres of land at 2000 North Village Parkway.  The Measure G Bond was passed by voters in November 2002 for 125 million dollars and included renovation of the Fairfield campus. Student Services Building The addition of a new Student Services building and a Faculty Office building on the Fairfield campus and a new Aeronautics complex at the Vacaville Nut Tree Airport enhanced the renovations to each building in the District. The Bond measure work is scheduled to be completed by 2012.  For additional information, please go to the SCC website at http://www.solano.edu.

Since becoming the Solano Community College District in 1965, the college has had 15 Superintendent/Presidents (including Interims, Acting and Administrator-in-Charge).

 July 1966 - June 1976  Superintendent/President  N. Dallas Evans
 July 1976 - June 1984  Superintendent/President  William H. Wilson, Sr.
 March 1984 - June 1984  Acting Superintendent/President  Marjorie K. Blaha, Ed.D.
 July 1984 - June 1989  Superintendent/President  Marjorie K. Blaha, Ed.D.
 July 1989  Acting Superintendent/President  Ione H. Elioff, Ed.D.
 August 1989 - June 1990  Interim Superintendent/President  Otto Roemmich, Ed.D.
 July 1990 - June 1994  Superintendent/President  Virginia L. Holten, Ph.D.
 July 1994 - June 2002  Superintendent/President  Stan R. Arterberry
 July 2002  Administrator-in-Charge  James M. Bracy
 August 2002 - January 2003  Acting Superintendent/President  Armond Phillips
 January 2003 - December 2006  Superintendent/President  Paulette J. Perfumo, Ph.D.
 December 2006 - September 2007  Interim Superintendent/President  Gerald F. Fisher
 September 2007 - October 2008  Superintendent/President  Gerald F. Fisher
 October 2008 - March 2009  Interim Superintendent/President  Lisa J. Waits, Ed.D.
 March 2009 - June 2009  Interim Superintendent/President                  Robert Jensen, Ph.D.
 July 2009 - July 2015  Superintendent/President
  Jowel Laguerre,
Ph.D.

 

 July 2015 - December 2015 Interim Superintendent/President                 Stan Arterberry
 January 2016 - Present Superintendent/President
 Celia Esposito-Noy,
Ed.D.

 


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