Melinda Guzman, Chairwoman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC), has been appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees by a vote of the California State Senate. Guzman received a unanimous vote from the Senate confirming her appointment.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University and adopts the rules, regulations, and policies governing the California State University. The Board has authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management. Guzman was appointed to serve a full eight year term, the longest term allowed under the governing policies of the Board.
“I am honored to have been selected to help guide one of the most successful and diverse university systems in the world,” said Guzman. “I firmly believe that education, combined with hard work and dedication, is the cornerstone to career success and is vital in shaping our future leaders. As a trustee, I will work tirelessly on behalf of our students to maintain the California State University as a world-class system.”
Guzman currently serves as the only Latina appointee on the California State University Board of Trustees. The California’s State University system enrolls more Latino students then any other college system in the country. As of 2002, an estimated 80,000 Latino students were enrolled in one of the 23 statewide campuses. Guzman’s appointment adds a much needed voice to the Latino student community and a true champion of higher education for all students.
“My triumphs in life have been possible because of a solid education from UC Davis,” said Guzman. “As the daughter of immigrant parents that worked in agricultural and railroad labor, I recognize that a quality education is the avenue to success. I will champion that cause as a trustee and hopefully serve as a role model for those first generation Latino students that have the drive to succeed in their endeavors.”
Guzman is a principal and partner of the law firm of Goldsberry Freeman Guzman & Ditora, LLP. Previously, Guzman was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and served until November 2003. In addition to her role as Chair of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, she presently serves as General Counsel to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Guzman is past President of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“Melinda is a dynamic leader who believes in assisting others in achieving a better life for themselves, their family and their community,” said Julian Canete, CEO/President of CHCC. “As a leader of our business organizations and our community, Melinda has never forgotten that we must mentor our students on their path for a successful future.”