The Santa Monica Community College District is seeking applications from residents interested in being appointed to a vacant seat on the Board of Trustees until the next regularly scheduled election in November when a new four-year term will be filled.

The seven-member board, elected by voters in Santa Monica and Malibu, is the governing body for SMC, which serves approximately 33,000 students and provides vital educational services to communities in the region.

Recently, trustee David Finkel stepped down because of ill health.

To be eligible, an individual must be at least 18 years old, must be a resident of the district, must be a registered voter, and must not be disqualified from holding civil office by the Constitution or any law of the state.

The board is seeking candidates who have the ability and time to fulfill the responsibilities of being a trustee, which include attending all meetings and some college events, studying issues and agenda items, and participating in trustee education programs. The board also manages the college’s budget and hires or fires the college president.

Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees are scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month.

The board is looking for candidates who are committed to service and public education, are knowledgeable about the role of community colleges and will advocate on behalf of SMC and its students.

Application materials can be found by following a link on the SMC home page ( under Hot Topics to the Board Vacancy page. Applications (hard copy or electronic) must be received by Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. to:

The Office of the Board of Trustees

Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Blvd.

Via e-mail to:

Hand Deliver: 2714 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica, Calif.,


The board will make the appointment at its regular meeting on Feb. 4. For further information, contact the SMC District Office at (310) 434-4402.

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