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Date: August 9, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Two New Trustees Appointed to Montgomery College Board
Rockville Resident Georgette "Gigi" Godwin Named to Six-Year Term; Honors Student Vanessa Coleman Named to One-Year Post

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Georgette “Gigi” Godwin, vice president of public affairs for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed by the Governor to serve a six-year term on the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. Also, Montgomery College student Vanessa Coleman has been named the new student member of the Board, for which she will serve a one-year term.

Godwin, a Rockville resident, has been with the Montgomery County Chamber since 2003. She previously held the position of director of education and public outreach at the Chamber. Godwin has a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University’s School of Government and Business Administration, and a bachelor’s of arts degree from Grinnell College.

A member of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2004, Godwin has been an active community advocate for many years. She was the co-chair of the capital improvements plan committee for the Montgomery County Council of PTAs and has served on the Quince Orchard Library Committee, among other community roles. Currently, Godwin holds the position of vice president of Imagination Stage’s Board of Trustees and co-chair of the advocacy committee. Godwin has long been a supporter of Montgomery College. While serving on the Wootton High School PTSA, she advocated for the creation of the College Institute, a program that brings Montgomery College classes to select county high schools. In her role at the Chamber, she has served on the Montgomery College Foundation Board’s government affairs committee.

Coleman, the new student trustee, has a 4.0 grade point average and is member of the Takoma Park Scholars program at the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The Takoma Park resident also attends the Rockville Campus, where she participates in the Biomedical Scholars program and the Montgomery College Ambassadors student organization. She recently created the International, Independent and Documentary Film Club at the College and was chosen to be the vice president of the College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

In working towards her pre-medical degree, Coleman is currently conducting ongoing research into the antimicrobial properties of plants that the Gullah people of South Carolina use against infectious disease. Additionally, she has an internship in the biomedical field, holds a part-time job, and volunteers at a local community art gallery.

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees recently elected its officers for the next year. Dr. Sylvia W. Crowder will serve a one-year term as chair of the Board and Roberta Shulman will serve as first vice chair.

Members of the Board of Trustees, who are appointed by the Governor of Maryland, exercise general oversight for the College and are empowered to establish policies for implementing the College’s mission.

This year, one major responsibility for the Board of Trustees will be the selection of a new president. The search process is currently underway. In January, College President Charlene Nunley announced her plans to retire from the position, once a new president has been hired.

The Board’s other responsibilities include setting the salaries and tenure requirements for the College president, faculty, and other employees of the College, as well as establishing entrance requirements, course offerings and tuition rates. Members serve six-year terms, with the exception of the student member, who serves for one year.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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