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News: California Community Colleges Board of Governors Elects PACCD's Geoffrey L. Baum as Vice President


The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has elected Pasadena Area Community College District Trustee Geoffrey L. Baum, as vice president for the 2013 calendar term during its bimonthly meeting held in Sacramento. He joins president Manuel Baca, Mt. San Antonio Community College District trustee, as a Board of Governor officer. 

“I look forward to working with President Baca and Chancellor (Brice) Harris in moving system priorities forward in the coming year and continuing our focus on student success,” Baum said. ”California’s economy needs more college-educated workers, and our board is committed to helping colleges develop the workforce that will allow our state to prosper.”

Baum has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2008. The board, which is appointed by the governor, nominates and elects its president and vice president each November. The chosen officials serve for a one-year term.

Baum also serves as the current president of the governing board of the Pasadena Area Community College District, In addition to serving on the PACCD board, Baum works at the University of Southern California, where he serves as managing director of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and previously as assistant dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He also serves as director of communications and public affairs for the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. He previously worked for C-SPAN as executive producer and as assistant vice president of Claremont McKenna College. He has been a high school English teacher and a journalist for ABC News, public radio’s Marketplace and the Army, Navy and Air Force Times. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation. It is composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.4 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.


Release Date: 11/14/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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