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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
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DATE: Nov. 4, 2003


Graham Pope – a certified public accountant and business leader with extensive ties to Santa Monica College – was appointed Monday (Nov. 3) to the college’s Board of Trustees for a one-year term.

After an extensive search and application process, the SMC Board of Trustees selected Pope from among five finalists to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Patrick Nichelson, who resigned effective Sept. 30. Pope, a Santa Monica resident, was sworn into office after the trustees voted on the selection.

“A great honor has been bestowed upon me,” Pope said. “I want to make sure all college constituencies understand I’m interested in dialogue.”

Pope’s affiliation with the college goes back almost a decade. He is immediate past president and a board member of the SMC Foundation, SMC’s private fundraising organization, and is chair of SMC’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the college’s implementation of Measure U, the 2002 bond approved by Santa Monica-Malibu voters. Pope will resign from those organizations, effective immediately.

He was also treasurer of the Measure U campaign committee and served on SMC’s 1995 Presidential Search Committee. He has also served on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Budget Advisory Committee and is a member of the Rotary Club.

Past president and a current board member of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Pope is a certified public accountant with his own firm in West Los Angeles who has had more than 30 years of accounting experience in the United States and Canada.

Pope received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and a master’s of science in taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

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