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Los Angeles Museum Director Appointed to Statewide Higher Education Commission

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

Andrea L. Rich, Ph.D., President and Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was appointed to the California Postsecondary Education Commission recently by Senator John Burton, President pro Tempore of the Senate. As an appointee of the Senate Rules Committee, Dr. Rich will represent the general public on the Commission. Her appointment will continue through December 2004.

Dr. Rich received her doctorate in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1968. She was the Executive Vice Chancellor at UCLA from 1991-1995 and has extensive experience in higher education including serving on the University of California's Systemwide Academic Planning Council and the Committee on the University of California and State Government. Since 1995, she has served as the President and Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Dr. Rich is a member of the Board of Trustees for Pitzer College and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the UCLA Foundation.

The California Postsecondary Education Commission is the State's planning and coordinating organization for higher education. The Commission consists of 16 members, nine of whom represent the general public, five who represent the major systems of California education (the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, the independent colleges and universities, and the State Board of Education), and two student representatives. Comprehensive statewide planning for postsecondary education in the State is perhaps the most significant of the Commission's multiple responsibilities.

The Commission appoints its executive director, currently Dr. Warren H. Fox, who coordinates the agency's staff to carry out the day to day work of the Commission. Its external affairs staff interacts on a daily basis with legislators and their staff, administrative offices, governmental officials, and media representatives. Its research staff prepares analyses, briefs, and numerous reports approved and published by the Commission. They also engage in various continuing activities such as reviewing proposals for new academic programs, campuses and centers, conducting data analysis of student flow, and responding to requests of the Legislature and Governor.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Commission, view its reports and recommendations, or learn more about educational opportunity at California institutions of higher learning, may visit the CPEC Home Page on the Internet at

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