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New Director of Facilities introduced to campus

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2011

Updated: Thursday, June 9, 2011 09:06


After 30 years of work experience in the professional fields of architecture, engineering, and construction, Fred Diamond, joins the Citrus community as the new director of facilities.
Diamond was born in Oregon, but after less than a year he moved to Long Beach where he grew up and attended Millikan High School.
His mother passed away when he was 5 years old and his father when he was 8 years old. He was raised by his sister.
Diamond began working as a box boy at the age of 15 at Alpha Beta, a local grocery store. He worked at that job for 12 years.
Diamond said he knew he was going to go to college since seventh grade because his teachers influenced him in a positive way.
"It's really important to have good teachers, because they can be the difference between whether somebody wants to be motivated or not," Diamond said.
After high school, Diamond continued to pursue higher education and enrolled in Long Beach City College, where he completed an associate degree in architecture.
"Long Beach City College was a fantastic experience, I would recommend going to community college for anybody," Diamond said. "Community college, for me, was the foundation of everything."
Diamond said he did not take out any student loans to attend college. Everything came out of his pocket as he worked full time and attended college full time.
"I remember getting three hours of sleep at night, or sometimes four. It was very difficult," Diamond said. "If you really want it, you'll get it."
He also attended Fullerton College to take some classes for personal interest.
Diamond also attended Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman University and completed his bachelor's degree in social science.
Lastly, he also attended the University of LaVerne where he completed two master's of business administration in marketing and executive management.
After working for several architecture firms, Diamond got his first school district job opportunity in 1994. He was the full-time director of facilities and planting for the Fullerton Unified School District for nine years.
At Rowland Unified School District, he worked for eight and a half years as the director of building services.
This year, Diamond said he saw the job opening at Citrus for a new director of facilities and construction through the professional publication, California Association of School Business Officials.
"Citrus College has a very good reputation, not only as a community college but they also have a very good reputation regarding their personnel," Diamond said. "People like working here, they stay for a long time, that means that they take care of their people."
Diamond decided to apply for the position and after interviewing, he was hired. He has been working at Citrus for the past two months.
Carol Horton, vice president of finance and administrative services hired Diamond and introduced him at the Physical Resources Committee on April 7. In a past interview with Horton, she said that she was confident that Diamond would carry on the good work that former director of facilities, Michael Harrington did.
"I hope to fill in the things that weren't fill before, and continue to keep the good program that the college already has going," Diamond said.
"He brings another fresh outlook, with his years of experience, well educated, and his knowledge of facilities, maintenance and operations," said Bob Bradshaw, construction program manager. Bradshaw works in the facilities and construction department.
Diamond is pleased to be working with the faculty and staff at Citrus and said that all the people have been really nice to him and he hopes to work here for many years.

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