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Pasadena Area Community College District Welcomes New Board Members and Elects 2010 Board Officers

African American news from Pasadena - Community College Board and MembersThe Pasadena Area Community College District (PACCD) Board of Trustees held its annual organization meeting on Dec. 9 to elect officers for the 2010 calendar year and to welcome newly elected board members. Dr. Hilary Bradbury-Huang, who represents South Pasadena, San Marino, and a portion of Temple City (Area 5), was elected board president. She succeeds Dr. Jeannette Mann, 2009 president and Northeast Pasadena, Northeast Altadena, and Sierra Madre (Area 2) Trustee.

Bradbury-Huang has been a member of the PACCD since 2005. By profession, she is a research professor at USC and the director of sustainable business research at the Center for Sustainable Cities. She is also the founder and principal of ARSECC.net, a non-profit organization that helps community activists utilize social science research. Her work focuses on the human and organizational aspects of sustainable development.

William Thomson, who largely represents Pasadena (Area 4), was elected board vice president. Geoffrey Baum, who represents the city of La Cañada Flintridge, the west Pasadena neighborhoods of San Rafael and Linda Vista, and the western portions of Altadena (Area 1), was elected board clerk. Pasadena City College President, Dr. Lisa Sugimoto, was elected board secretary.

The board also welcomed Area 3 representative Berlinda Brown and Area 6 representative Dr. Anthony R. Fellow.

Brown will now represent Northwest Pasadena. Prior to retirement, she worked as a health care professional for the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center for more than 30 years. She credits her frontline experience at the medical center for molding her belief in society's need for a well-educated and career-ready workforce. An immigrant from Costa Rica, Brown first mastered English at Pasadena City College by attending night classes. She later earned an associate in arts degree at East Los Angeles College.

Fellow will represent the city of Arcadia. He is chair of the Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) Department of Communications, the third largest department of its kind in the United States. 

A specialist in American media history and politics, Fellow was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. President's Commission in 2007. He received his master's and doctoral degrees from the Annenberg School for Communications, University of Southern California, where he was a Walter H. Annenberg Fellow.   He also holds a master's degree from CSUF.

The board also voted to keep the day and time of regular board meetings to the first and third Wednesday of the month, with open sessions beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information about the PACCD Board of Trustees, call (626) 585-7202.

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