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University of La Verne president joins governor’s roundtable

California Gov. Jerry Brown has invited University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman to serve on the California Education Leaders Roundtable, which brings together the state’s top college and university leaders to help ensure that Californians will continue to have access to postsecondary education into the 21st century.

Joining Ms. Lieberman on the roundtable will be Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California; Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community Colleges; Tim White, chancellor of the California State University; Glen Price, chief deputy superintendent of public instruction; Karen Stapf Walters, executive director of the California State Board of Education; and Kristen Soares, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.

The group will also include Rebecca Eisen, chair of the board of trustees of the California State University; Cecilia Estolano, president of the board of governors of the California Community Colleges; Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education; and Tom Torlakson, superintendent of public instruction.

The roundtable will assemble the leaders of all of the state’s higher education segments, which include the UC and Cal State systems, community colleges, and private nonprofit institutions.

Ms. Lieberman, who serves as chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) as well as president of ULV, will represent the private nonprofit higher education sector.

As president of ULV and AICCU board chair, Ms. Lieberman has worked closely over the past two years with the governor’s office, lawmakers, and the AICCU staff and membership to stave off cuts to the Cal Grant for students at private nonprofit universities and to improve transfer pathways between community colleges and private schools.

The governor is urging the roundtable to discuss topics including future capacity and enrollment, community college transfers, and coordination of general education requirements across segments.

The roundtable began meeting in February. Ms. Lieberman, a Claremont resident, became president of ULV in 2011. She was named President of the Year in 2015 by the Association of College Unions International.