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Date: July 22, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Three Trustees Re-Appointed to Montgomery College Board
Germantown Honors Student Kanika Hughley Named to Second One-Year Post;
Trustees Owen Nichols, Roberta Shulman Named to New Six-year Terms

PHOTO EDITORS - High-resolution images to accompany this story: Hughley.jpg, Nichols.jpg, Shulman.jpg     

Montgomery College student Kanika Hughley has been re-appointed to a second one-year term as the student representative on the community college’s Board of Trustees, and two Montgomery College trustees—Dr. Owen Nichols and Roberta Shulman—were recently re-appointed for their second six-year terms.

Hughley, who lives in Germantown and attends the College’s Germantown Campus, is a member of Montgomery College’s Millennium Scholars program, an honors program for part-time working adult students. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year college students; and president of the Honors Network Club, a student organization created to promote honors courses and activities.  Additionally, Hughley was the recipient of the Outstanding Honors Student Award from the College’s Germantown Campus and the College’s Dr. Harry Harden, Jr. Black and African American Academic Award in 2005. 

Outside of Montgomery College, she serves as a board member for Committee for Montgomery and is a member of the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP and National Collegiate Honors Council, a national organization that supports undergraduate honors education. Recently, Hughley started a small candy vending machine business, Sweet Retreats.  The machines can be found in 13 locations around Montgomery County, with a portion of the proceeds going to the National Children’s Cancer Society.

Dr. Nichols, a Silver Spring resident, joined the Board in 1996.  He is a retired vice president of Howard University, in Washington D.C.  He received his B.S. from Shaw University, a M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Howard University, and a doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision from Highland University.

Shulman, who was first appointed to the Montgomery College Board of Trustees in 1999, is a consultant and executive coach with Shulman Associates.  A Potomac resident, she holds a B.A. in Communications from American University, an M.G.A. in Management/Marketing from the University of Maryland, School of Management & Technology, and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees recently elected its new slate of officers for the next year.  Dr. Sylvia W. Crowder will serve a one-year term as chair of the Board and Shulman will serve as first vice chair.
Members of the Board of Trustees, who are ultimately appointed by the Governor of Maryland, exercise general oversight for the College and are empowered to establish policies for implementing the College’s mission.

The Board’s 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.  All members serve six-year terms, except 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 nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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