|CONTACT: Bruce Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Oct. 29, 2003
SMC PRESIDENT TO ADVISE SCHWARZENEGGER
Gov.-Elect & SMC Alum Names Robertson to Transition Team
Monica College President Dr. Piedad F. Robertson said today (Monday, Oct.
13) she is pleased that she will play a role in advising Gov.-elect Arnold
Schwarzenegger – an SMC alumnus – as he begins to make important
decisions facing California.
Robertson was named to The Arnold Schwarzenegger
Transition Committee and will be advising the governor on education issues.
“After consulting with the chair and
vice chair of the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, I am pleased
that Gov.-elect Schwarzenegger has named me to his transition team,”
Robertson said. “An alumnus of Santa Monica College, Gov.-elect
Schwarzenegger recognizes the importance of community colleges to the
educational, economic and social health of California. I will do my best
to advise Mr. Schwarzenegger wisely on the crucial public education issues
he will face, particularly at this time of a statewide budget crisis.”
Robertson was one of 65 prominent
leaders from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines – including
business, government, the law, agriculture, academia and nonprofits –
selected for the team. The committee includes such names as former Republican
gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon Jr., former Democratic Assembly Speaker
Robert Hertzberg, Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, and San
Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
“In my campaign,
I said that I would reach across the political aisle and bring the best
and brightest people together to help us solve the problems facing California,”
Schwarzenegger said. “The Transition Committee is a distinguished
group of men and women who share my commitment to restoring California
Since taking over the presidency of Santa
Monica College in 1995, Robertson has established herself as a leader
in innovative educational programs, workforce and economic development,
fundraising, community and government relations, planning, and effective
management. She has won wide praise for creating the SMC Academy of Entertainment
and Technology, which prepares students for jobs in the entertainment
industry, particularly digital animation and new media.
Known as a national education leader, Robertson
is one of just seven members on the Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Advisory Council, which oversees the $1 billion scholarship endowment
created in 1999 by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. She is active with many
local, state and national organizations, including the American Council
Before coming to Santa Monica College, Robertson served four years as
Massachusetts Secretary of Education, a post she was appointed to by Governor
William F. Weld on Sept. 1, 1991. A native of Cuba, Dr. Robertson received
her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Miami and was awarded
an Ed.D. from Florida Atlantic University.
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