With 56% of the vote, Uduak-Joe Ntuk upset Joe Kellogg, the incumbent and longest-tenured board member serving the Long Beach Community College District.
Ntuk, a professor at Long Beach State and the son of immigrants, ran on a platform built around vocational training, free public transportation for Long Beach City College students, boosting graduation and transfer rates as well as dual degree programs for high school students. Emphasizing the benefits of dual degree programs, Uduak-Joe says, "Students would be able to increase their earnings power after high school or be well on their way to completing a four-year degree."
His academic career started at Long Beach City College bringing his journey full circle as he is now set to be sworn in to serve the students who will now follow his footsteps and the communities he and his family has called home for generations.
"North Long Beach turned out to vote, and they wanted to go in a different direction than the status quo. We finally have representation that looks like Long Beach. I think that's a good thing for everybody, no matter your background."
Ntuk's election welcomes a new era of educational leadership in Long Beach and surrounding communities as he is set to be sworn in July 24.