Santa Monica College interim president Thomas Donner has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 Walter Robie Award for Outstanding Chief Business Officer by a state organization.

The award was given by the Association of Chief Business Officials, which represents chief financial officers at community colleges throughout California.

The award comes less than a year after Donner received the National Outstanding Chief Business Officer of the Year Award from the Community College Business Officers Organization, which represents business operations of community colleges in the United States and Canada.

Donner has been serving as interim president since January, but most of his 29-year tenure at the college has been as the chief business officer.

He also served as interim president of the college from October 1994 to July 1995.

Donner charted the college fiscal plan through the aftermath of Proposition 13 tax reform and helped develop an international student recruitment program to supplement state funding.

He formed and led a team to tackle rebuilding of permanent facilities damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, laying the groundwork for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding of the science, library and business buildings and other reconstruction projects.

He also negotiated establishment of satellite sites for the college at Santa Monica Airport and several other locations throughout Santa Monica.

Donner received a bachelor of science in finance and his M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach.

He holds a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University and is an active member of the California State Bar.

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