CALIFORNIA POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION COMMISSION

NOTICE OF IMPENDING CLOSURE

Funding for CPEC has been eliminated from the 2011-12 state budget; as a result, the agency will close in fall 2011. The website will move to the Community College Chancellor's Office on Friday, 9/23/2011. It will be down over the weekend. It is not known what sections of the website will be available in the future.

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Executive Director Biography
Karen Humphrey Karen Humphrey, Executive Director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, has had a varied 43-year career in communications, public service, and education. Most recently, she has served as Administrator of the Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Program for the Commission. In February of 2009, the Commission appointed her as Executive Director.

Humphrey began her professional life as a television news reporter and anchor on local stations in Eureka and Fresno-the first woman reporter on the air in both markets. After leaving television in 1979, she was elected to the Fresno City Council, where she served two terms. In 1989, she was elected Fresno's first woman Mayor and served in that position until 1993. She joined the California Department of Education in 1996, serving first as Senior Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, then as a consultant and manager for programs on workforce development and gender equity.

Humphrey joined the Commission-the state's independent policy advisory body for all higher education-in 2004 to administer the ITQ grant program. In that role, she awarded eight million dollars annually in federal grants to colleges and universities for teacher professional development under the No Child Left Behind Act. She also worked on postsecondary policy related to workforce development and equity and gender issues. Humphrey has a Bachelor's degree in Humanities from the University of Southern California, and a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Women's Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She and her husband, Ken Clarke, live in Sacramento.