With the fall semester about to begin, we welcome our new tenure-track and adjunct faculty to our ranks, bringing the total to 4,500 faculty districtwide. We encourage the new faculty to attend the orientations offered by the campuses. The 2019-2020 academic year will bring many challenges: Our 16th round of negotiations, new administrative leadership at half of our colleges, AB 705 implementation, an “aligned” election cycle the likes of which we’ve never seen, and the 2020 Census. We expect to find the opportunities in those challenges.