Former Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden is the newest member of the College of the Desert Board of Trustees.
Oden was sworn in after he was unanimously appointed by the board Friday, 4-0, to become the Area 3 representative for Palm Springs and a sliver of Cathedral City. It was a rare and important moment of consensus for a board that has been divided on major topics from the contract of outgoing Superintendent/President Martha Garcia to the direction for the roughly $400 million Palm Springs campus — including a deadlocked vote on that matter just hours earlier.
Oden touted himself as a “consensus builder” and “mediator.” As the fifth member of this board, he’ll have to wear both those hats.
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