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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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Southwestern College Announces Governing Board Vacancy

Trustee Aguilar Leaving To Give New Trustee Chance To Help Select Permanent Superintendent/President

Trustee Nick Aguilar

CHULA VISTA, CA The Southwestern College Governing Board today announced that Trustee Nick Aguilar (Seat 3) is stepping down effective Thursday, June 30, 2011. Aguilar is choosing to leave now so a new trustee can work with the Board to select a permanent Superintendent/President. Aguilar's term was set to expire November 2012.

"I've known Nick for more than 20 years as a friend and public servant. Our community and country owe him a debt of gratitude," Board President Tim Nader said. "It has been a privilege to serve with him and I wish him the best of luck in the future."

In 2008, Aguilar was elected to the Southwestern College Governing Board after previously serving on the Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees and San Diego County Board of Education. Aguilar received the College District's 2011 Honorary Degree for his contributions to the institution, South Bay and country. He served in Vietnam as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1967 and 1968 and was awarded the Purple heart after being wounded in the right arm in a firefight. He was recently the subject of a documentary film.

The Governing Board has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m. to decide on the process for selecting Aguilar's replacement. The meeting will take place on the College District's main campus in Chula Vista. When a vacancy occurs, the respective Board has up to 60 days to make a provisional appointment or order an election for the position (Education Code 5091).

If the board does not fill the vacancy, the county superintendent is required to order an election to fill the vacancy, according to the Community College League of California. Once required decisions are made regarding the replacement process, the College District will make information available on Wednesday, July 6.

About Southwestern College

Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College District offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options. For more information, visit www.swccd.edu.

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