Dr. Andrew Walzer has been elected chair and Dr. Margaret R. Qui—ones-Perez vice chair of the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees for 2011.

Walzer succeeds David Finkel and Qui—ones-Perez, the first Latina elected to the SMC Board of Trustees, succeeds Walzer in posts that rotate annually.

Walzer, a resident of Santa Monica for nine years, is a tenured assistant professor of Humanities at Los Angeles City College, where he has taught since 2004. He has been an adjunct instructor at SMC, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The new board chair is a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1521, and of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.

Walzer graduated with a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1997 and a BA in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1983.

Qui—ones-Perez, who was first elected to the SMC Board in 2000, previously served eight years as a trustee on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board, including one year as board president.

A lead counselor at El Camino College, Qui—ones-Perez has broad experience at community colleges and social service agencies. She has also been active in several professional and community organizations, primarily in education and Latino organizations.

A graduate of SMC, she received her bachelor’s degree in mental health research methods from Cal State Dominguez Hills, a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA. The new vice chair was also a fellow of the JFK Harvard School of Government.

Qui—ones-Perez, who was also the first Latina elected to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board, is a former member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The Board of Governors sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 111 colleges that constitute the system. As a member of the board she interacted with state and federal officials and other state organizations, as well as participating in selecting a chancellor for the system.

She serves on the board of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and is an associate member of the state Association of Community College Trustees’ Finance and Audit Committee.

This is the second time Qui—ones-Perez is serving as vice chair. She was the chair in 2004.