Frank W. Budd sees similarities between his current job and his new one as president of Salt Lake Community College.

Budd, 48, who was appointed to the SLCC helm Monday night by the State Board of Regents, is assistant superintendent and vice president of academic services at Riverside Community College, Riverside, Calif. He will assume the SLCC presidency Jan. 1.Riverside is undergoing an enrollment boom. The Riverside enrollment jumped 17 percent this semester, up to 21,000 students.

"It's (Riverside) one of the fastest growing areas in the country," Budd told the Deseret News following the announcement of his appointment. "We're building two new campuses, the elementary schools are adding a class a week. There is a population explosion."

SLCC, too, is riding the higher-education enrollment wave. One of the state's fastest growing colleges, SLCC has 12,000 students enrolled this year and 17,000 projected by the year 2000.

Riverside is growing economically. The college has been named as a regional center to help small businesses enter the foreign marketplace, Budd said.

But Budd said he believes the Salt Lake area, which was named last week by Fortune magazine as the nation's best location for businesses, has a stronger economic base. Riverside is more dependent on a service base, he said.

"I'm looking forward to working with the business leaders here in economic development," Budd said.

The programs at the two schools are very similar. Both have a vocational-technical emphasis but with large numbers of students who will transfer to four-year schools, he said.

Budd said his immediate plans at SLCC are to do "a lot of listening and walking around" to learn the concerns of faculty, staff and students. He started that process Tuesday morning by holding a campus open house to get acquainted.

Also early on his agenda are a well-planned conversion of the old South High to a downtown SLCC campus and the construction of a library.

He said he's been reading the Salt Lake newspapers for a month, preparing for the job interviews with the regents. He plans to become more familiar with Utah higher education issues, particularly related to the SLCC budget, in the next few months. He assumes the SLCC presidency only days before the opening of the 1991 Legislature.

Commissioner of Higher Education Wm. Rolfe Kerr said SLCC is in good hands in the interim and there are no worries about SLCC representation on the budget. Acting SLCC President Heber T. Hunt is well-versed in budget matters, having served as the Legislature's chief higher education budget analyst for many years.

Budd was chosen from five finalists, all of them from out of state. The five, who were interviewed by the regents Monday, were selected from a pool of 85 applicants.

Regent Chairman Douglas Foxley said Budd was chosen for his "common, no-nonsense approach," experience and educational background, innovative ideas and strong commitment to vocational/technical education, economic development and equal-opportunity employment.

A native of Redlands, Calif., Budd received his doctorate in educational administration at the University of California-Riverside, his master's degree in sociology at Brigham Young University and his bachelor's degree, with a major in physical education and a minor in biology, at the University of the Redlands.