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New Director to Lead College of Marin Modernization Effort

Chernock Retires, Relinquishing Multi-Faceted Projects to Respected Colleague Laura McCarty

Kentfield, CAAugust 10, 2010—After four years at the helm of College of Marin’s $249.5 million Measure C Bond Modernization program, V-Anne Chernock is turning over the reins to Laura McCarty, a 20-year veteran of construction project management. McCarty starts her new job Aug. 18.

“As sorry as we are to see V-Anne leave, we couldn’t be more fortunate in having Laura McCarty step in to help shape the future of College of Marin,” said Superintendent/President Al J. Harrison II. “In addition to a long list of professional achievements, Laura brings enthusiasm as well as insight into the collaborative nature of building a truly community-based college vision.”

McCarty’s experience includes overseeing all stages of planning, designing and building numerous projects in educational settings, most recently as consultant to the management team for the San Francisco Unified School District’s $450 million bond.

During her tenure at College of Marin, Chernock oversaw the programming, design and completion of three major facilities projects on the campus, including the LEED Gold Irwin P. Diamond PE Center, the Transportation Technology Complex -- both of which are open -- and the new main building at the Indian Valley Campus, which is scheduled to open this fall. She is also responsible for overseeing the programming and design for the new Fine Arts building, which is under construction, and the Math/Science/Central Plant, which has completed a demolition phase and is not undergoing site preparation. This summer, she has been working on programming for the New Academic Center.

Chernock described her successor as “highly experienced, highly energetic.”

According to McCarty, who has directed major projects at University of San Francisco, and managed projects at Tamalpais Unions High and Peralta Community College school districts, part of a successful design process for the New Academic Center will include relationships of trust and mutual respect with everyone affected

“I intend to manage input and seek buy-in from community, faculty, staff, and other stake holders at key milestones,” she said. “The Indian Valley Campus has amazing potential,” she said. “I look forward to updating the facilities master plan to ensure that the college’s infrastructure will last for generations, be a model of sustainability and create a ‘sense of place.’”

McCarty earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Irvine and a master’s degree in civil engineering, construction engineering and management from Stanford University. She is affiliated with the U.S. Green Building Council. A past member of the Kentfield Schools Foundation board, she is active with the Marin masters rowing team and Autistry Studios in Corte Madera, a teen and young adult program for people with autism.


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