Gavin Newsom Announces 10 New Appointments to Higher Education

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a spate of appointments to public institutions of higher education last week. The list of ten appointees includes a large number of Latino education professionals.

“These leaders bring a wide array of knowledge and experience from across the state’s diverse regions, including the Central Valley, to our world-class colleges and universities, and share a deep commitment to serving our state,” said Governor Newsom. “California is doubling down on our work to make college more affordable and accessible than ever before, spurring upward mobility and boosting our nation-leading recovery. I look forward to working with our state’s higher education leaders to help students reach their full potential and drive California’s long-term economic prosperity.”

The appointments are:

  • Jose M. Hernandez, 58, of Manteca, appointed to the University of California Board of Regents
  • Maria G. Linares, 36, of Tustin, appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees
  • Julia I. Lopez, 73, of San Francisco, appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees
  • Yammilette Rodriguez, 45, of Fresno, appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees
  • Romey Sabalius, 58, of San Jose, reappointed to the California State University Board of Trustees
  • Joshua Elizondo, 25, of Los Angeles, appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors
  • Irma L. Olguin Jr., 40, of Caruthers, appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors
  • Jennifer Perry, 60, of Los Angeles, reappointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors
  • Roy A. Shahbazian, 48, of Sacramento, appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors
  • Blas Villalobos, 40, of Lakewood, reappointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors

Read more about the appointees and their accomplishments here


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