'Taft College has been a huge part of my life,' he says in resignation letter


Veteran Taft College board member John Miller is resigning.

Miller, whose term is up this year, cited health concerns in his letter of resignation to board president Billy White.

“As you know, it is with much consternation that I resign from the Board,” he wrote.  “I have served for 30 years as a Trustee and have truly enjoyed every moment.  It has been with great pride and satisfaction to have been a part of the College as it has grown and developed over the years.  Taft College has been a huge part of my life!”

His resignation is effective March 12.

The board is expected to appoint a successor to fill out the remaining months of Miller’s term.

In his letter he said, “as I approach my ninth decade (Miller is 88), my wife and I have decided to spend the majority of our time going forward at our coastal home in Santa Barbara.  Please accept my resignation in the spirit in which it is written, with great hope and expectation for the continuation of success that Taft College and the community so richly deserve.”

Miller was first appointed to the board in December of 1975 and resigned in April of 1977.

He was appointed again in March of 1982 to fill another vacancy.

Selecting board members by appointment has become common at TC.

Only one member of the current board was elected.

Larry Buttke was elected in 1977 and has served on the board since.

Miller, White, Carolyn Hosking and Kal Vaughn were all initially appointed.

The last member to be elected was Ray Hatch, who was seated in January of 1984 and served until August of 1997 when he resigned and was replaced by an appointee.