Porterville College

Michael “Lou” Marchant named PC’s first Outstanding Employee Hall of Fame inductee


Longtime employee served in a variety of capacities at the college

PORTERVILLE – (Jan. 25, 2019) – Porterville College alumnus and long-time staffer Michael “Lou” Marchant has been named PC’s first Outstanding Employee Hall of Fame inductee.

Marchant joins fellow inductees Vickie Dugan (Athletics) and Steve Schultz (Distinguished Alumni), all of whom will be officially inducted into the PC Foundation Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 1, during a ceremony in the college gymnasium. The ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. Marchant, Dugan and Schultz each touts 20 years of service to PC and the Porterville community.

After high school, Marchant enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and received a commendation medal for meritorious service in Vietnam.

Family ties brought him to Porterville, where he enrolled part time at PC in 1973. Marchant always emulated the Pirate spirit. Though he worked full time, he tirelessly pursued his educational goals – a challenge understood by many former and current students.

Throughout his 24-year career at PC, Marchant served in a variety of capacities, holding such titles as program manager for athletic events, director of student activities and director of student affairs. Regardless of title, he was committed to students’ success and promoting PC throughout the community.

Marchant also represented the college at local career fairs, helped to develop the Porterville College Career Fair, served as an advisor to the PC Academic Super Bowl Team, developed a school-to-career program for rural elementary schools, and coordinated athletic events and activities. He strove to be a voice and mentor for student athletes and was dedicated to supporting their academic success. His life experience as a veteran and former athlete and student created a positive rapport that resonated with students and the community alike.

Marchant’s passion for service extended beyond PC. He was a member of and state officer for the California Placement Association, receiving the Joan Crocker Service Award for his work with the organization. He also dedicated more than 10 years to the Community Services Employment Training Board (CSET) and was a board director for Child Within. Due to his community engagement, Marchant’s name became synonymous with PC. The Kern Community College District Board of Trustees recognized him with a Citation of Commendation for his 24 years of service to the college.

The Hall of Fame recognizes PC alumni and current or former PC employees who have achieved excellence in their careers, communities or athletics. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the Foundation to PC alumni and staff. 

This year, the ceremony returns to the PC campus and will highlight upcoming building projects, recent renovations and programs. Porterville native and multiple Emmy award-winning journalist Laura Garcia will be the keynote speaker for the event. The ceremony will feature local entertainment and give attendees the opportunity to meet and mingle with PC students, athletes and coaches. The chefs and students from Bakersfield College’s Culinary Arts program and staff from PC’s Treasure Café will provide the night’s dinner.

Individual tickets are $50 and a table of eight is $400; sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To purchase tickets or for more information regarding sponsorships, contact the Foundation Office by phone at 791-2319 or 791-2308 or by email at pcfoundation@portervillecollege.edu. Tickets may also be purchased from any PC Foundation Board member or via the PC Foundation website at www.portervillecollege.edu/pcf/alumni-hall-fame (click “Special Events Donation” and indicate “Hall of Fame”).