Santa Monica College (SMC) trustee Carole Currey has been chosen as the recipient of the 2006 Pacific Region Trustee Leadership Award from the national Association of Community College Trustees.

Currey is one of five community college trustees nationally to be selected for a regional award, which will be presented in October in Orlando, Florida.

The regional winners are also nominees for the national M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award, the winner of which will also be announced in October.

In their nomination of Currey for the award, Santa Monica College trustees noted that their colleague has 27 years on the board, is the “most seasoned,” and “steered the college through tumultuous periods that have included budget crises, a devastating earthquake and two presi- dential transitions.

“Under her leadership, SMC has developed into one of the finest community colleges in the state, if not the nation, boasting the highest transfer rate to the University of California system, USC and other four-year institutions, thriving and ever-evolving professional training programs, and a host of innovations that have been copied throughout the state.”

Trustees also noted Currey’s long involvement in state community college organizations and a host of Santa Monica-area community groups.

“She is valued not only for her deep concern for students, but also for her wisdom and advice,” trustees said in their nomination letter signed by board of trustees chair Nancy Greenstein. “Her devotion to education is deeply felt.

“Her leadership skills are exemplary. And her service to her community and to civic affairs is unflagging.”

A former member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education, Currey was elected to the Santa Monica College board of trustees in April 1979 and has served five stints as chair.

She was elected five times to the California Community College Trustees board of directors and served as president in 2001 and 2002.

She is also on the board of the Community College Leadership Development Initiative Foundation and has been appointed a lay member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Board of Appeals.

She has served on the State Committee of Practitioners for Vocational Education, the Regional Workforce Preparation and Economic Development Act Advisory Group, and the Consultation Task Force on the Review of Participatory Governance.

Currey is a member of the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum board of directors and she served many years on the Advisory Board of Family Service of Santa Monica.

She is also a member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the League of Women Voters.

She currently teaches current affairs and history classes to older adults and high school diploma courses through Culver City Unified School District’s adult education program.

Currey received her bachelor’s degree in art history and French from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in teaching English from Columbia University Teachers College.