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Governor appoints Elizabeth Chen to community and technical college board
03/12/2010From the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Elizabeth Chen, Federal Way, has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire
as the newest member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Chen has served on the Highline Community College (HCC) Board of Trustees since 1995.
She was the HCC Board chair in 2001-2002 and 2006-2007.
“Elizabeth Chen’s extensive experience and deep commitment to the community and technical
college system will be extremely valuable to the State Board as we continue pursuing
initiatives that will help more people reach higher levels of educational attainment
in Washington,” said Jim Bricker, SBCTC board chair.
Chen has been appointed to serve a four-year term as one of nine members of the Board,
responsible for overall policy, leadership, and strategic direction of the community
and technical college system. She replaces Lyle Quasim, who left the board in January.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my many years serving Highline Community College,” Chen
said. “I am so grateful for this new opportunity to serve the entire community and
technical college system at the statewide level.”
Chen is a visiting instructor of Chinese at the University of Puget Sound. She has
served on the Highline Community College Foundation board, the City of Federal Way
Diversity Commission, and now serves as an advisor to the Overseas Compatriot Affairs
Commission of Taiwan, R.O.C.
She was named “Trustee of the Year” by the Washington state Trustees Association of
Community and Technical Colleges in 2006, honoring her years of service to HCC and
higher education. In September 2007, she was elected to a two-year term as Pacific
regional director of the national Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
She also served as chair of ACCT’s Diversity Committee from 2005-2007.
Chen earned both her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of
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