The Santa Monica College board of trustees has elected Carole Currey as board chair and Nancy Greenstein as board vice chair.

Both women were elected unanimously by the board of trustees at an organization meeting Monday, December 20th.

Currey had been the board vice chair, and she replaces former chair Margaret Qui”ones.

“We got through the state budget cuts, which was the worst time of my life,” said Qui”ones, as she transferred the chair position to Currey. “We also got through accreditation.”

“We got through a lot,” Qui”ones said. “It has been a pleasure being in this post. Thank you for letting me serve you.”

Currey was first elected to the board of trustees in 1979 and has been chair four times.

She is also a former member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education and former president of the California Community College Trustees board of directors.

Greenstein is serving her first term as a Santa Monica College trustee.

She was co-chair of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights for 14 years, chair of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and board member of the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The public elects Santa Monica College trustees for four-year terms.

College trustees elect chairs and vice chairs for one-year terms.

In her last meeting as college president and superintendent, Piedad Robertson gave the oath of office to newly elected trustees Susan Aminoff and Rob Rader.

“I want to thank everyone for the wonderful years,” Robertson said to the board of trustees and college staff. “It has been a privilege. You are all incredible.”

Robertson was president and superintendent of the college for nine years and led the college through dramatic changes such as passage of two bond measures totaling $295 million and major renovations to campus buildings.

She is leaving to accept a position as president of the Education Commission of the States, a national education policy organization based in Denver.

Tom Donner, executive vice president of business and administration, will serve as acting president for the college until a permanent replacement is selected.

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