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University President Meets With County Leaders

Sept. 13, 2013

CSUF President Mildred García welcomed Orange County mayors, city managers and other community leaders to the University’s branch campus in Irvine Thursday morning (Sept. 12) for a Mayors Roundtable co-hosted by the CSF Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors Advocacy Committee.

The breakfast gathering, which attracted mayors and others from cities throughout the county, was focused on furthering partnerships.

García noted that attendees “learned how Cal State Fullerton and local governments currently work together and discussed future partnership opportunities.”

The areas of focus included economic development, training opportunities, internships, cultural programs and how the University’s branch and satellite campuses are serving their communities.

Ongoing entities, such as the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana; the City Management Fellowship Program; the Leadership Development for Public Agencies certificate program, involving nearly 30 public agencies in the county; and CollegeTown were discussed as examples of successful efforts already undertaken.

As a former member of the California State Assembly, Marilyn Brewer, now serving on the CSF Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors and as vice chair of the board's Advocacy Committee, was in her element, engaging attendees, alongside García.

Among the mayors at the roundtable were: Carmen Cave of Aliso Viejo, Tom Tait of Anaheim, Elizabeth Swift of Buena Park, Steven Choi of Irvine and Rhonda Reardon of Mission Viejo, as well as Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Stephen Mensinger.

The city managers in attendance included two CSUF graduates — Irvine’s Sean Joyce ’86, ’93 (B.A. political science, M.P.A.) and La Palma’s Ellen Volmert ’82 (M.P.A.).

They were joined by city managers John Whitman of Aliso Viejo, James Vanderpool of Buena Park and Dennis Wilberg of Mission Viejo.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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