New Yavapai College District Governing Board Member Sworn In

New Yavapai College District Governing Board member, Mr. Mitch Padilla, was sworn in today at a ceremony conducted by Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, during the Board’s regular monthly meeting.

Padilla will represent District 5, which was previously held by Mr. Steve Irwin, who resigned from the post in April. Padilla, a resident of Prescott, assumes the role after running unopposed for the vacant seat.

District 5 includes Castle, Diamond Valley, Glassford, Granville, Groom Creek, Horseshoe, Lynx Creek, Mountain View, Prescott Valley 1/Navajo, Prescott Valley 2, Pronghorn View, Roundup, Superstition, and Yavapai Hills.

“I am honored and delighted to serve on the District Governing Board for Yavapai College,” said Padilla. “I have a passion for public service and a strong belief in the value of post-secondary education. Yavapai College is an outstanding asset to our communities, and I am looking forward to serving on its Governing Board.”

A Southern California native, Padilla joined the United States Navy out of high school and later received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Chapman College and a Master’s of Business Administration from Thomas Jefferson Law School.

He moved to Prescott in 2008 and currently serves as a Criminal Defense Attorney in town.

In 2016, Padilla founded My College Roadmap, LLC, which includes seminars, college fairs, and personal roadmaps for students who need help preparing, applying, and paying for college.

“Mr. Padilla will be a great addition to the Board,” said Yavapai College District Governing Board Chair, Deb McCasland. “His experience with higher education and his devotion to helping students is immediately evident and will be beneficial to the Board and the College.”

The Yavapai College District Governing Board’s role is to act as a link between the taxpayers of Yavapai County and College executive leadership. They fulfill this accountability by developing policies that govern the operations of the College, and then hold the College accountable for the delegated areas through a structured monitoring process.

The Board consists of five community members who are elected from their districts in Yavapai County to serve for six-year terms.

More information on the Yavapai College District Governing Board can be found at