Voter's Edge California Voter Guide
Get the facts before you vote.
Brought to you by
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
San Mateo County Libraries Voter Guide@SMCLibraries
March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
We depend on your support.
Invest in unbiased information

Text VOTE to 52000 to donate $10.

With your support, we can reach and inform more voters.

Donate now to spread the word.


Los Angeles Community College DistrictCandidate for Member, Board of Trustees, Seat 2

Photo of Thomas J. Norman

Thomas J. Norman

College Professor/Businessperson
71,170 votes (17.35%)
Use tab to activate the candidate button. Use "return" to select this candidate. You can access your list by navigating to 'My Choices'.
For more in-depth information on this candidate, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.
Candidate has provided information.
Thank candidate for sharing their information on Voter's Edge.

My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain and improve the quality of education while expanding access to non-traditional students.
  • Work with the City of Los Angeles and State of California to provide two years of free higher education to all residents of the LACCD.
  • Improve the ease of transferring credits to 4-year California public universities (CSUs and UCs) for transfer students.



Profession:Associate Professor of Management
Associate Professor of Management, California State University, Dominguez Hills (2007–current)
Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo (2001–2002)
Program Manager, Sun Microsystems (1998–2001)
Business Banker, US Bank (1994–1997)
Section Manager, Procter and Gamble (1992–1993)


University of Minnesota Ph. D. , Human Resources and Industrial Relations (2009)
University of Minnesota Graduate Certificate, Adult Education (2006)
University of Minnesota Masters of Arts, Human Resources and Industrial Relations (1998)
Harvard University A. B. cum laude, Social Studies (1992)

Community Activities

Commissioner , Commission on the Extended University for the California State University (2015–current)
Faculty Affairs Commitee Chair, Academic Senate of California State University System (2016–current)
Commisioner, Commission on Online Education for the California State University (2015–2016)

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Why is Norman Running for the LACCD Board of Trustees


Norman wishes to use his background and experience to ensure high-quality, affordable education for our area.


     After teaching for 10 years at Cal State Dominguez Hills I have worked with hundreds of graduates from LA Community Colleges and believe that my background, knowledge and experience will be useful in moving the LACCD system towards a better future.  The system has great promise as the largest in our country, but I note that a majority of my management students entered my class lacking prerequisite knowledge in algebra and microeconomics.  In my classes I spend several class periods addressing these critical skill gaps.  I know there is an opportunity to increase the quality of the education received by the typical LACCD student.  The solutions will require heavy involvement of faculty and current efforts to turn towards technology to improve effectiveness must be carefully overseen.  My own experience has shown me how well intentioned efforts to save money with online instruction undercut the quality of education while offering limited improvements in efficiency.




Several years ago, I began volunteering my time to support efforts of several of the LA Community Colleges to help modernize their curriculum, receive grant money and conduct business plan competitions.  This experience introduced me to several leaders working to support the economic development of our region through their roles within LACCD.  Their work inspired me to seek an opportunity to help the LACCD system continue improving with the goal of becoming the crown jewel of affordable, public education in America.




My experience in higher education qualifies me to serve as a trustee.  I have spent the past decade helping my students manage the transition from community college to a four-year, public university.  I have been a member of CFA, the faculty union during my entire time at CSU Dominguez Hills and spent several years working on the Faculty Rights committee. I also helped plan our one-day strike held on the Dominguez Hills and East Bay campuses.  I have had good relationships with our local and state union leaders.




My Academic record includes one year as an interim Associate Dean, two years as Department Chair and six years on my Academic Senate.  At CSU Dominguez Hills I was the Chair of the Faculty Policy Committee and currently as the Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee for the 23 campus California State University system.  I have served on search committees for full-time and part-time faculty, the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the CSU system, Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, and AVP of Human Resources for CSUDH.




I earned a Masters and a PhD in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota which is one of the top programs in the country for HR and Labor Relations.  The knowledge I gained will be very important in overseeing the negotiation and budgeting of faculty and staff contracts for the LACCD.


What Will Norman Do As Trustee?


Four campaign pledges.


 As Trustee Professor Norman pledges to:




1.       Work with the City of Los Angeles and State of California to provide one tuition-free AA degree to all residents of the LACCD.


2.       Expand the use of Open Educational Resources to increase the affordability of textbooks for LACCD students.


3.       Increase the ease of transferring to area 4-year universities and improve the transfer and graduation rates of LACCD students.


4.       Ensure the responsible use of financial resources raised from taxes, fees and bonds to modernize the campuses, curriculum and career services.


Please share this site to help others research their voting choices.