Merchat is founder and manager of Night Oak, LLC, a multistate commercial real estate company based in Carlsbad. He has served five years as a member of the MiraCosta College Foundation and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.
Merchat fills the seat vacated following the resignation of Leon Page, who had served on the board since December 2012. Merchat will serve as an appointee until the next regularly scheduled election for district governing board members on November 8, 2016, when the term expires.
The MiraCosta Community College District serves more than 19,000 students (total unduplicated headcount) annually at three sites―Oceanside Campus, San Elijo Campus, and the Community Learning Center. The district has an annual general fund budget of $111 million.