Susan Aminoff has been elected chair and Rob Rader vice chair of the Santa Monica Community College District board of trustees for 2007. Their terms began Monday, December 11th.

Trustees are elected to the board by Santa Monica and Malibu voters. When a new board convenes after a November election, the trustees select their chair and vice chair for one-year terms.

This is the first time that Aminoff has served as chair and Rader as vice chair. They were both elected to the board in 2004.

Aminoff succeeds Nancy Greenstein as chair and Rader succeeds Aminoff as vice chair.

Aminoff, a Santa Monica resident for 23 years, is a sociology professor at Pierce College in Woodland Hills and has been active in several community college organizations and projects.

She has served since 1999 as the chair of the Joint Labor-Management Benefits Committee of the Los Angeles Faculty Guild.

Other committees she has served on include the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges Health Care Committee and the California Feder- ation of Teachers Retirement Committee.

Aminoff received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and three degrees from the University of Southern California — two master’s degrees in gerontology and sociology and a doctorate in sociology.

Rader, a Santa Monica resident for eight years, is an entertainment and new media attorney working for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in Los Angeles.

He also teaches entertainment law at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu as an adjunct professor.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he gave the Graduate English Oration.

He has a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford Graduate School and graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

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