Profile: Dan Wengert

Cyndi Kline
El Vaquero Staff Writer

Dan Wengert will leave office feeling he accomplished what he set out to do as president of the Associated Students of Glendale Community College.

Wengert said that, “ASGCC’s reputation and credibility on campus [has] become more solidified through representation and governance committees, variety of events, and our involvement in pushing Measure G, which had major financial contributors.”

Wengert said that he has loved every minute of the presidency and feels good that he had the chance to serve in this office.

Wengert, 24, who is married, was forced to prioritize issues in his life following his election.
After making the decision to never let the presidency interfere with his academic goals, he quit his job as assistant manager of a 30-unit Tujunga apartment building so that he could focus on what was more important to him at the time.

“It wasn’t easy to balance everything in my life.”

Wengert did find time to help coach the women’s 2000 and 2001 GCC volleyball teams, in addition to mountain biking and taking long drives, “to contemplate many things about life and what will become of me,” he said. Wengert does not listen to the radio in his car for times like these.

Wengert said that, as ASGCC president, his life was greatly enriched by allowing him to see how much he enjoyed serving others.

“I feel I established some very good relationships on campus. I’ve met wonderful people, and I’m open to the possibility of working here someday.”

Wengert said he feels that his successor, Antonino Patti, will do an outstanding job.
“He is much younger than I am and doesn’t have the life experience that I do to fall back on,” Wengert said.

“He has served in the ASGCC on the campus activities and the finance committees.” Wengert feels Patti is well-educated in the majority of ASGCC interests.

Wengert’s future plans include transferring to USC’s Marshall School of Business where he will major in business administration with an emphasis on management and a minor in public policy.

He received one of 100 presidential scholarships from the school.