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October 19, 2015


Sheryl Herchenroeder
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909 652-6114

For Immediate Release


(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA.) - Chaffey College Governing Board Trustee, Paul Gomez was honored Friday evening with the 2015 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award, a national honor bestowed by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Gomez was selected earlier this year as the 2015 Pacific Regional Trustee Leadership honoree. The Association’s 46th Annual Leadership Congress was held October 14-17 in San Diego.

“We are honored to have Mr. Gomez as an ambassador of Chaffey College. His support of community college education is unparalleled,” said Dr. Henry Shannon, superintendent/president. “Mr. Gomez’s commitment to the students of the district and his leadership at the local, state and national level is to be commended. This award truly honors his dedication to educational access and success.”

"The ACCT Association Awards are among the most prestigious awards any community college, its trustees, presidents, faculty, or staff member can receive," said 2015-16 ACCT Chair and Alamo Colleges (Texas) Trustee Roberto Zarate (press release October 19, 2015).

In addition to his duties as the vice president of the Chaffey Community College Governing Board, Gomez currently serves on the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) board as first vice president and is a member of the Community College League of California. He is also a past president of the National Association of Latino Community College Trustees and was a member and officer of the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees.

Trustee Gomez was appointed to the Chaffey College Governing Board in 1990 and has been re-elected six times. He has served as Governing Board president four times.

As a community and education advocate, Mr. Gomez founded the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation, which provides college scholarships to local high school students. The Scholarship is named after his mother whom he said supported him through his education. In addition, Gomez has served in a number of capacities in national, state, and local organizations, focusing on diverse issues and education. He is the co-founder of two regional community college and CEO associations: the Inland Valley Trustees and CEO Association (IVTCEO) and the San Gabriel/Foothill Association of Community Colleges (SanFACC).

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. Located in Washington, D.C., ACCT is a major voice of community college trustees to the presidential administration, U.S. Congress, the Departments of Education and Labor and more. The Pacific Region is comprised of colleges in California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, British Columbia/Yukon, and the Pacific Islands.

Paul Gomez

Established in 1883, Chaffey College was one of the first colleges to be established in California and offers associate degrees, as well as vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Courses are offered at campuses in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, and Fontana, as well as online through the Distance Education program. For general information about the college, please visit www.chaffey.edu.

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