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California community college board elects top positions

November 13, 2012 |  2:57 pm

The governing board of California's community colleges elected two Southern California educators as its president and vice president on Tuesday.

The Board of Governors elected Manuel Baca, a professor of government at Rio Hondo College, president of the board.

Geoffrey L. Baum, president of the governing board of the Pasadena Area Community College District, was elected vice president.

Each will serve a one-year term. The board, which is appointed by the governor, oversees the system's 112 campuses.

Baca, of Diamond Bar, has been on the board since 2009 and has held a number of positions in the Cal State University and community college systems.

“I am honored to be elected by my colleagues as president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors,” Baca said in a statement. “Our board has worked very hard over the past year to implement key reforms designed to improve student success. I look forward to my tenure as president...and to try to restore access for students who have been shut out of our colleges because of recent state budget cuts.” 

Baum, of Pasadena, has served on the board since 2008 and also is the  managing director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

Brice Harris last week took over as the new chancellor of the community college system, the largest in the country.


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