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07/02/2004

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Eight Members of the California State University Board of Trustees

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Bleich, Herbert Carter, Carol Chandler, Moctesuma Esparza, George Gowgani, Raymond Holdsworth, Melinda Guzman-Moore and student-member Corey Jackson to the California State University Board of Trustees.

"Higher education is an essential component of California's future and economic prosperity. The California State University helps meet the educational needs of Californians by serving as the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable systems in the United States," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "Each of these highly qualified individuals shares my commitment to higher education and will work passionately to ensure the continuing success of the California State University system."

Jeffrey Bleich is a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, as well as an adjunct professor at the Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley. He is a past president of the San Francisco Bar Association and serves on the board of trustees for Boalt Hall. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the Boalt Hall School of Law, a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College. Bleich, 43, resides in Piedmont. He is a Democrat.

Herbert Carter is the past president of California State University, Dominguez Hills and most recently served as a special consultant to the California State University. He holds a Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. Carter, 70, resides in Los Angeles. He is a Democrat.

Carol Chandler is a partner in Chandler Farms and was an instructor at Fresno City College. She previously served on the University of California Board of Regents and has been involved for over 25 years in California Women for Agriculture. She holds a Master of Arts degree from California State University, Fresno and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. Chandler, 59, resides in Selma. She is a Republican.

Moctesuma Esparza is executive producer of Esparza/Katz Productions and served as president of Buenavision Telecommunications, Inc. for over 20 years and is now the chief executive officer MAYA Cinemas of North America, Inc. He earned a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Esparza, 55, resides in Los Angeles. He is a Democrat.

George Gowgani is the past associate dean of the College of Agriculture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has over 35 years of experience in higher education serving as a professor and department head of crop science at the university, as well. He earned a Doctorate degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Nevada, and a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Gowgani, 69, resides in San Luis Obispo County. He is a Republican.

Raymond Holdsworth is the past president of the California Chamber of Commerce and oversees AECOM's worldwide companies. He is also involved in the Friends of Community Colleges in Los Angeles. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College. Holdsworth resides in Palos Verdes Estates. He is a Republican.

Melinda Guzman-Moore is a partner in the law firm of Goldsberry Freeman Guzman & Ditora where she practices business, tort, labor, and employment law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and chair of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She earned a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. Guzman-Moore resides in Fair Oaks. She is a Democrat.

These positions require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Corey Jackson, a junior at California State University, San Bernardino, has been appointed the student-member of the board. He is majoring in political science and pursuing a minor in public administration. Jackson serves as a member of the Student Union Board of Directors and legislative coordinator for the California State University, San Bernardino Lobby Corp. He is also the chairperson of the City of Rialto Housing Redevelopment and Beautification commission. His previous community involvement includes: state president of the California State NAACP Youth and College Division, founder of the Future Professional Leaders Organization and student board member of the Rialto Unified School District Board of Education. Jackson, 22, is a Democrat from Bloomington. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

The California State University Board of Trustees sets policy and provides guidance for the 23 campuses, 409,000 students, and 44,000 faculty of the California State University system. In addition to oversight and broad coordination of campus curricular development, the board appoints the chancellor and vice chancellors for the system, as well as the presidents for the campuses. The board consists of 24 members, 19 of which are appointed by the Governor.

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