Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District have unanimously elected Pearl Cheng as president of the Board of Trustees, and Joan Barram as vice president.
And at the state level, Foothill-De Anza Trustee Laura Casas Frier has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the California Community College Trustee Board, one of the two policy boards of the Community College League of California. The League is a nonprofit membership organization made up of the 72 local community college districts in California.
Cheng, a program manager for education initiatives at United Way Silicon Valley, joined the board in 2008 to fill a vacancy, and was elected without opposition in 2009. Previously, she served for eight years on the Cupertino Union School District Board of Education and held leadership positions with the Santa Clara County School Boards Association. A Cupertino resident, Cheng worked for many years at the NASA Ames Research Center, attaining the post of associate director for management operations in information sciences and technology. She succeeds Trustee Bruce Swenson as board president.
“I am delighted to serve as board president even at such a challenging time,” Cheng said. “Foothill-De Anza is a wonderful community asset with outstanding students, faculty and staff. I will continue to work hard as part of a team to keep us moving forward.”
Barram had a 20-year association with the Foothill-De Anza Community College District before trustees appointed her in 2009 to fill a board vacancy. She served for almost a decade on the Foothill-De Anza Foundation’s board raising support for the district's students and colleges, and was a longtime member of the advisory council of the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College. Previously, she served three terms as a trustee on the Cupertino Union School District Board of Education, and as a board member of EdSource and the California School Boards Association. She lives in Los Altos.
Cheng and Barram will preside as the board’s officers for the next year, through the first Monday in December 2011.
Casas Frier’s appointment to fill a vacancy on the 21-member Community College League statewide trustee board will provide her with an opportunity to advocate for education policy that goes before the California Legislature and the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors. The appointment lasts through April 2011, when she can stand for election. She previously served on the League’s advisory committee on legislation, and had recently been elected its chair.
Casas Frier has been a member of the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees since 2005. She also serves on the boards of Children Now, a national organization that works to make children the top public policy priority, and ALearn, which offers programs to help students become the first in their family to go to college. Before joining the district board, she was an active member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation board. Casas Frier resides in Los Altos.
Posted Dec. 16, 2010