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Commission Elects New Officers, Sets Meeting Schedule for 2001

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California Postsecondary Education Commission
1303 J Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, California 95814-2938

December 13, 2000 - Sacramento - The California Postsecondary Education Commission has elected Alan Arkatov of Los Angeles as its chairperson and Carol Chandler of Selma as vice chairperson for 2001. The commission also set a six-meeting calendar for 2001 that includes a meeting apiece in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with the balance to be held in Sacramento. The commission's actions took place at its meeting in San Francisco on Monday, December 11, 2000.

Mr. Arkatov, who was vice chair in 2000, replaces Guillermo Rodriguez, Jr. of San Francisco who held the chair position for the last two successive terms. The Speaker of the Assembly appointed Mr. Rodriguez to the commission. The Senate Rules Committee appointed Mr. Arkatov, and Governor Pete Wilson appointed Ms. Chandler to her current term. Mr. Arkatov serves on the commission through 2005, with terms for Chandler and Rodriguez running through 2004.

The 16-member California Postsecondary Education Commission is the state's higher education planning and coordinating agency. The Office of the Governor, Senate Rules Committee, and Assembly speaker each fill three appointments on the Commission. A representative from the California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California, and Association of Independent Colleges and Universities are also on the Commission. The governor also appoints two student commissioners. Warren H. Fox is the commission's executive director.

Mr. Arkatov, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, founded and serves as CEO of, a distance-learning program. He is also an appointee of the U.S. Secretary of Education to the National Web-Based Education Commission that reports to the President and Congress on the federal role in assessing educational software and Internet tools for secondary and postsecondary students. A former television producer and political media consultant, Mr. Arkatov was a member of the state's Telecommunications Advisory Board, and a board member for the Literacy Network of Greater L.A.

Ms. Chandler, co-owner of Chandler Farms in the Central Valley, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and has a master's degree from California State University, Fresno. She currently is state vice president of California Women for Agriculture, a member of the Valley Business Conference Steering Committee, and serves on the Fresno County Grand Jury. She is a former secondary school teacher and community college instructor.

The 2001 California Postsecondary Education Commission meetings are scheduled for Sunday and Monday dates as follows:

February 4 and 5, Los Angeles
April 1 and 2, Sacramento
June 3 and 4, Sacramento
July 29 and 30, Sacramento
September 30 and October 1, Sacramento
December 2 and 3, San Francisco

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