Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Council for Post-Secondary Education, Higher Education Appointments

August 9, 2019

Continuing his commitment to strengthen California’s systems of higher education and partner with its leaders, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today the formation of the Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education. The Council will serve as an independent consultative resource to the Governor around the economic and social impact of higher education in the state. They will examine issues relating to future capacity, enrollment planning, community college transfers, general education and coordination at the state and regional levels, and make recommendations to the Governor for action. In addition to this Council, the Governor has convened – and will continue to engage – higher education advocates and stakeholders to advise him on issues relating to student access, affordability and success.

“The university and community college systems in the state operate in silos,” said Governor Newsom. “To develop best practices and help our students reach their full potential, we need to work together across institutions. I look forward to working with our state’s higher education leaders to set bold statewide goals and partnering together to achieve them.”

  • Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
  • Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University
  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
  • Kristen Soares, President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
  • Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, California State Board of Education
  • Allan Zaremberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, CalChamber
  • Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation
  • Lenny Mendonca, Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor
  • Keely Bosler, Director, California Department of Finance
  • Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor

Read the full release on Governor Newsom’s website.

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