Dear Neighbors,

Over four years ago, I returned to Chapman University to serve as the Vice President of Community Relations. I was tasked with creating an office where our neighbors could come and get answers to their questions and concerns as it relates to Chapman, as well as building meaningful relationships with residents, business owners, non-profit organizations, and other groups. It feels like yesterday when we packed up our family home in Ontario and moved to Old Towne Orange. It is bittersweet to let you know that this will be my last Neighbor-to-Neighbor publication, as I will be retiring effective May 31.

Since that time, I have been fortunate to rediscover what a unique place the City of Orange truly is. I will miss walking the Plaza and checking in with some of my favorite local businesses. I will miss the gorgeous historic homes and the sense of pride that our community has in Orange. But more than any of that, I will miss the incredible people I have encountered over the years. I have been honored to contribute to the betterment of our community by serving on the boards of Friendly Center, Youth Centers of Orange, Orange Home Grown and the Orange Chamber of Commerce. I count myself as very fortunate to have been able to give back in this way, especially to a neighborhood that is so special. I will take all of these fond memories with me as my wife, Hong, and I travel
the U.S. in our motorhome. We have also purchased a home in Seal Beach and intend to stay local while spending more time with our family.

I want to assure you, our neighbors, that Chapman is still committed to its surrounding communities. A search is currently underway to replace the Vice President position. I am sure the University will keep you updated as the process continues. Please know that you can always reach out to the Office of Community Relations by calling (714) 289-2097 or by emailing Every call and every email will be returned. Thank you for embracing me into the City of Orange. After a 45+ year career in higher education, I am honored to conclude my professional career here with each of you.

Jack Raubolt