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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: June 3, 2004


SMC Trustee Graham Pope announced he would not seek election to the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees this November. His is one of three open seats in the Nov. 2 election.

“I have been very appreciative of the support of SMC President Piedad Robertson and fellow board members during my period of service,” said Pope, who was appointed to his seat seven months ago. “I also wish to commend the president and the board for their efforts on behalf of the college and the community at large during these difficult financial times.

“However, increased business commitments and other matters have steered my decision not to seek election,” he said.

Pope – a certified public accountant and business leader with extensive ties to SMC – was appointed Nov. 3, 2003 to the college’s Board of Trustees for one year to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Patrick Nichelson.

“Graham Pope has been an outstanding trustee whose financial acumen and deep commitment to the college have been great contributions,” Robertson said. “He will be very much missed.”

Long affiliated with the college, Pope was a board member of the SMC Foundation, serving as its president for two years, and was the first chair of the SMC Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the college’s implementation of Measure U, the 2002 voter-approved bond for facilities.

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 and 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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