Voters set the stage for College of Sequoias University Center and re-elect Greg Sherman


A college center is coming to the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, now that Measure C passed in the recent Tulare County election.

The university center will host 4-year universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Fresno State already has a small college center on the Visalia campus, but the new college center is expected to accommodate several universities with a variety of degrees available.

The University Center will be located on Mooney Blvd behind Foster’s Freeze and an adjacent strip mall. The existing apartment buildings behind the area will be razed and turned into a two-story college center, complementing the College of the Redwoods campus, as well as a student union center.

“I’m very excited for this, and it will be such a big plus for the community and the city – obviously for the students, it will be great,” said Greg Sherman.

Greg Sherman retained his seat on the College of Sequoia board of trustees, winning re-election over his opponent, Niessen Foster.

Sherman served sixteen years on the board, won five elections and this election was the second time he faced an opponent.

“One of the cool things about running is that the public hears what an administrator is doing. A lot of people don’t know we’re elected as a member of city council,” said Greg Sherman.

The College of Redwoods Board of Trustees is made up of five members, divided into five districts or wards elected for four-year terms. The Board of Directors approves expenses, hiring of staff, program, establishment of district policies, etc.

The hiring of the college superintendent and president is also fulfilled by the board of trustees.

“We do a lot of things – we approve just about anything. We had to approve Measure C before it became a reality,” Greg Sherman.

The Board of Directors had to promote Measure C once it was voted on. Measure C is a 95 million bond project created by the College of the Sequoias to finance a university center. The measure will raise property taxes by $13 for every $100,000 of appraised value per parcel for Tulare County residents. Measure C obtained 55.0% of the votes.

An oversight committee will oversee how the money is spent and has already been appointed by the Redwood College Board of Trustees.

“We have a bond oversight committee, so the money is spent the way it’s supposed to be. We did that at our last meeting, we approved the committee,” Greg Sherman said.

Sherman was born in Denver and raised on a farm. Since then, he has lived in Visalia since 1971. Sherman is married; has two children and five grandchildren. Prior to serving on the board, he served on the College of the Sequoias Foundation for 10 years.

“I feel very blessed and grateful,” Greg Sherman said in response to his re-election.

Measure C will impact the community surrounding the College of the Sequoias. The University Center will offer Tulare County residents an alternative to Fresno State when earning a four-year degree.

Residents living in college-owned apartments will be forced to move out now that the University Center will take their place.

“I hope they find another place to live. They will have plenty of time before [moving] because we have to get approvals and follow rules to move forward,” Sherman.

“I was talking to someone at church and his daughter is so excited about Measure C. She will be able to attend and get her four-year degree right here in Visalia,” Sherman said.

The list of degrees included at the University Center are Criminology, Nursing, Teaching, Public Safety, Agriculture, and others.

Students will be able to earn an associate degree from the College of the Sequoias with the option to transfer to the University Center to receive a four-year degree. The center should start within a year.


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