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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: May 25, 2004


Annette Shamey announced today (May 25) she would not seek a fourth term this November for a seat on the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees. Hers is one of three open seats in the Nov. 2 election.

“After careful consideration, I have decided not to seek a fourth term as trustee,” Shamey said. “Of course, I will continue to serve until the end of my current term, which expires in December.

“I have had 12 years to work with an outstanding institution and the equally outstanding employees of the college, as well as my colleagues on the Board of Trustees,” she said. “It has been exciting and gratifying to be a part of the marvelous progression of increased services and educational opportunities for students. I am grateful for that, and I thank the voters of Santa Monica and Malibu for giving me the opportunity to serve the community in this way. I wish the Board and the college community continued success in the face of challenging economic demands.”

SMC President Dr. Piedad F. Robertson praised Shamey for her dedication and hard work over the past 12 years. “Trustee Shamey has brought intelligence and her unique contributions as a long-time educator to a Board of Trustees that has provided the leadership to make Santa Monica College the outstanding institution of higher education that it is,” Robertson said.

Shamey was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 1992 and was re-elected in 1996 and 2000. She has served as chair of the board twice, in 1996 and 2001. She has also served as vice chair twice.

An educator, Ms. Shamey has held administrative posts and has taught at all levels, including at St. Monica High School where she was vice principal from 1968 to 1974, SMC, and SMC's Emeritus College for older adults. She has extensive experience in the areas of curriculum and the supervision and evaluation of instruction on the secondary level. Honored as Teacher of the Year by the Los Angeles County Industry and Education Council, her dedication to the field of education and to students has been a constant factor and influence in her life.

She has served on and chaired many accreditation teams under the auspices of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) throughout her more than 30 years in education.

She is a member of numerous organizations, including the L.A. Westside chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, NAACP, Board of Directors of the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL), Santa Monica Democratic Club, Malibu Democratic Club, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

A member of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the Community College League of California (CCLC), she served on the statewide CCLC Advisory Committee for Educational Services from 1995 to 2000 and was chair for one year. She was honored as the 2000 Woman of the Year for the 41st Assembly District by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.


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