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Santa Barbara City College president to take part in White House summit

September 21, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Photo: Melody Barnes, President Obama's domestic policy adviser. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP The acting president of Santa Barbara City College will take part Wednesday in a White House meeting with national policy and community leaders from across the nation.

Jack Friedlander, acting president and superintendent of City College, will take part in a roundtable discussion about the work being done at the community college level and what effect new innovations are having on campuses and in their communities.

Friedlander will be among leaders from 17 community colleges.

The meeting will also include Melody Barnes, President Obama's domestic policy adviser; Jane Oates, assistant secretary of labor for employment and training administration; and Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary of education for vocational and adult education.

He is also among the participating community college leaders who are finalists for the Aspen Prize for community college excellence, an award targeting campuses that have been particularly innovative. 

Friedlander was named acting president and superintendent of City College last month, replacing Andreea Serban, who had been fired by the college's board.

Friedlander has worked for City College for more than two decades, most recently as its executive vice president for educational programs.

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Photo: Melody Barnes, President Obama's domestic policy adviser, is scheduled to take part in the White House meeting with national policy and community leaders. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

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