A Guide to the Election and Appointment of Community College Trustees

Community Colleges are invaluable resources in meeting the educational and economic needs of their communities.  Each college reflects the standards of excellence the community sets for itself.  Responsibility for continued excellence is shared by all who appoint or elect trustees to govern on their behalf.
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Appointing a New Trustee to the Board

From time to time, vacancies occur on a board of trustees, and boards must either schedule an election or appoint a person to fill the vacancy. The decision of who to appoint is an important one: the person selected should be able to represent the community well and to contribute wisely to board processes. The appointment process must be done in a timely manner and in accordance with law and regulations. Filling a vacancy through appointment or election is governed by Education Code Sections 5090 – 5095.
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