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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: April 29, 2004

Former SMC Administrator Joins SMC Trustee Quiñones on Board

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today (April 29) he has appointed former SMC counselor and administrator Benita Haley to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. She was appointed to a two-year term. The appointment comes less than three weeks after Schwarzenegger named SMC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Margaret Quiñones to the 17-member board.

The Board of Governors oversees and makes policies for the statewide community college system, the largest higher education system in the world with 2.8 million students at 109 campuses.

“Benita Haley has years of experience as a counselor, former administrator and government relations expert,” said SMC President Dr. Piedad F. Robertson. “She will be an asset to the Board of Governors.”

Haley has had a long history with SMC, serving as a teacher and counselor from 1964 to 1975 and as an administrator in personnel and government relations from 1975 to her retirement in 1990.

From 1990 to 2001 she ran her own consulting firm, Benita Haley Consultants, focusing primarily on various projects for community colleges throughout the state, including SMC.

From 1981 to 1990, she served on the Founding Executive Board of the California Community College Foundation. For her dedication and service to

the Foundation, she won an award from the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors.
She was also active in the Association of California Community College Administrators from 1980 to 1990, receiving the Outstanding Administrator award from the organization in 1990.

A Manhattan Beach resident, she received her bachelor’s degree in history and teaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara, was awarded a master’s in educational administration from California State University at Los Angeles, and completed coursework for a doctorate in higher education from the University of Southern California.

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