The Butte College Board of Trustees appointed David Vodden, Willows, to fill the vacancy on the Board of Trustees for Area 7 due to the recent passing of Dr. Bill Brown, Glenn County.
After an application process, the Board interviewed finalists at a special meeting held Wednesday, March 9, and selected David Vodden, President and CEO of San Francisco Region Properties, Inc./Thunderhill Raceway in Willows.
“David knows Butte College well, serving in the past as an associate faculty, and more recent, as our Foundation President. He will be a great addition to our Board of Trustees and a wonderful representative for Glenn County,” said Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College President.
Since 1990, Vodden has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, with 32 employees.
Vodden earned an associate’s degree from Fullerton Community College in 1968, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU, Fullerton in 1970 and an MBA from CSU, Fullerton, graduating as the “Outstanding Student of the School of Business” in 1973.
"I’m excited about this opportunity and honored to be appointed a Butte College Trustee representing Area 7 in Glenn County. I believe community colleges are a great place to begin your career and they can take you anywhere. As a community college student myself, I truly understand the value and opportunities it afforded me. I went on to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at CSU, Fullerton,” said Vodden.
David is involved in a wide variety of professional and community organizations including the Willows Rotary Club where he was a two-time past president. He is a past President of the Fontana Chamber of Commerce. He also held Director positions on the boards of the Tri-Counties Economic Development Commission, the Fontana YMCA, the Northern California Leukemia Society, the Glenn Medical Center Foundation, and the Glenn/Butte County United Way board. He was appointed to the Glenn County Fair board by Governor Pete Wilson, a position he held for many years. Currently he is serving as the President of the Butte College Foundation Board as well as Rotary District 5160 Committee leader for membership. For his volunteer efforts, he was awarded the Butte College President’s Citation Award in 2007, Outstanding Willows Rotarian of the Year in 2006, and Man of the Year in 2004 by the Willows Journal.