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New director for L.A. community college construction projects

March 22, 2012 |  7:17 am

Mission College construction
A new director will start next month overseeing construction of the Los Angeles Community College District's $6-billion campus rebuilding program, which has been criticized for poor planning, questionable spending and lax oversight.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the appointment of James D. O’Reilly as executive director of facilities planning and development. He starts April 2. His salary has not yet been confirmed.

The appointment comes a year after the position was vacated by Larry Eisenberg, who was suspended and given a one-year termination notice during which he collected his $211,000 salary and other benefits. That arrangement ended March 14. Eisenberg’s deputy, Thomas Hall, had served as the interim facilities chief.

O’Reilly, 42, is vice president of the Parsons Corp, a Pasadena-based engineering and construction firm. He had been serving as a program director in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, directing construction projects for that nation’s ministries of housing and education.

He also previously served as director of new construction for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $28-billion facilities program.


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Photo: Construction under way last year at Mission College, one of nine Los Angeles Community College District campuses. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.