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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: April 6, 2004


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today (April 6) he has appointed Santa Monica College Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Margaret Quiñones to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Quiñones, who is also a counselor at El Camino College, was appointed to a four-year term.

“I’m honored that Gov. Schwarzenegger has appointed me to the Board of Governors,” Quiñones said. “This appointment gives me the opportunity to be part of a larger conversation about community colleges statewide. My primary concern is how the Board of Governors can help each individual campus stabilize its financial situation.”

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.

“Dr. Margaret Quiñones will bring a wealth of experience as a counselor and elected trustee to the statewide community college system at a time that our two-year colleges are facing keen challenges,” said SMC President Dr. Piedad F. Robertson. “She will make valuable contributions to the Board of Governors.”

“Dr. Quiñones is a dedicated counselor who is an asset to El Camino College’s Counseling Department,” said El Camino College Superintendent/President Thomas M. Fallo. “She is an experienced, hard-working individual who will make a fine addition to the Board of Governors.”

Quiñones was elected to the SMC Board of Trustees in November 2000. Prior to that, she served eight years as a trustee on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board, including one year as president.

A counselor at El Camino College in Torrance, Quiñones has had broad experience at community colleges and social service agencies. She has also been active in several professional and community organizations, primarily in education and Latino organizations.

An SMC graduate, she received her bachelor's degree in mental health research methods from California State University at Dominguez Hills, a master's in counseling psychology from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA. She was also a fellow of the JFK Harvard School of Government.

Quiñones was the first Latina elected to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board and to the SMC Board.

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