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Dr. Rajen Vurdien was appointed President of Fullerton College in May 2010. Dr. Vurdien is the eighth president in the history of the college since its establishment as part of the Fullerton Union High School District in 1913. Fullerton College is one of the oldest continuously operating community college in California with over 20,000 students currently pursuing 93 majors that lead to an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree or pursuing completion in one of 147 programs leading to a vocational certificate.
A native of the island nation of Mauritius, Dr. Vurdien came to the United States in 1985 from China where, as a United Nations volunteer working for the United Nations Development Program, he taught English and ran the UN language programs.
After concluding his work with the United Nations, Dr. Vurdien spent six years as the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Gwynedd Mercy College, a Liberal Arts college outside of Philadelphia before accepting the position of Director of the Reading Program at Long Island University. He came to California in 1998 as a Reading Instructor at Long Beach City College and was later appointed Dean of the School of Language Arts and Physical Education. In 2004, Dr. Vurdien was appointed Vice President for Instruction at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
Dr. Vurdien has extensive knowledge of the community college system with strengths in the areas of strategic planning, budget, accreditation, curriculum, student services and distance education among others. He is fluent in several languages with native speaker fluency in English, French and Creole; and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Chinese.
Dr. Vurdien has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Upper Brittany, Rennes, France, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Mauritius Institute of Education. He completed an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education with a focus on the Psychology of Reading at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1989 and an MBA from Long Island University in 1997. He also participated in the Harvard University Management Development Program.
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