Southwestern College: From precipice to prosperity

By Allison Sampite-Montecalvo, UT San Diego

CHULA VISTA — Southwestern College has moved away from a precipice and toward prosperity, said the college’s superintendent/president during a recent update on the educational institution.

“I entered Southwestern at a very interesting time — probably the worst recession in our country’s history resulting in the lowest funding for Southwestern,” Melinda Nish told Chula Vista City Council members March 25.

Nish was hired in November 2011, a year after the resignation of Raj Chopra, who left amid the controversy that occurred when the Western Association of Schools and Colleges placed the school on academic probation.

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