Antioch University Los Angeles Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Trustees

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Dr. Tex Boggs, president of Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA), is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to AULA’s Board of Trustees. Over the past several months, Grant Abramson, Susan D. Anderson, Susan Cole Hill, and Roland Palencia have all been elected by the current Trustees to serve on AULA’s Board.

The additions coincide with the appointment of Felice Nudelman as the 5th chancellor of Antioch University, whose term began in July. The four new Board members bring with them a wealth of leadership experience and achievements, and share AULA’s commitment to diversity, academic excellence, and community outreach. The Antioch University Los Angeles Board of Trustees has delegated authority and responsibility for the oversight of the campus. They act as ambassadors to further AULA’s mission in the local and wider community as well as advocate for AULA on matters of public policy.

“The University is fortunate, and I am honored, to have these four exceptional individuals join the AULA Board of Trustees,” says Boggs. “The AULA campus will benefit enormously from their training, their experience, and their commitment to the mission of Antioch University.”

About the new Board:
Grant Abramson
Abramson retired two years ago as director of leadership development at Capital Group, where he worked for 15 years. Prior to that, he spent twenty years running a consulting business that evolved from a clinical practice to a corporate consulting practice. During those years he was a supervisor/trainer, and taught graduate psychology courses for 10 years at AULA. He has affiliated with the Southern California Counseling Center for over twenty five years, most recently as a Board member. Abramson also started a nonprofit counseling center, and has been a supporter of many health, education, and welfare organizations. In the last few years, he’s also been a supporter of micro-financing of multiple projects in the arts and education.

“Given the mission of Antioch University Los Angeles is to empower students to advance social, economic and environmental justice and the vision to offer a transformative education in a global context that fosters innovation and inspires social action,” says Abramson. “I am honored to be chosen to sit with others on the Board of Trustees of AULA.”

Susan D. Anderson
Anderson is curator of “Collecting Los Angeles” in UCLA Library’s Special Collections and is responsible for making new acquisitions, developing in-house collections, and building partnerships to preserve, interpret, and make accessible UCLA Library materials documenting the remarkable multiplicity of cultures and at-risk hidden histories of the Los Angeles region. Prior, she was managing director of “LA as Subject,” an association of approximately 200 archival institutions, hosted by USC Libraries. She currently serves as a member of the SurveyLA Review Committee, City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, and as first vice president, the League of Allied Arts. Anderson contributed to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion from 1998 – 2007, and her blog, “The Reparations Chronicles,” won the 2009 Best Blogger on Ethnic Perspectives Award from New America Media.

“I’m delighted to join the Antioch University LA community,” says Anderson. “As a Californian, I’ve been aware of the University’s innovations for some time. I am confident that under the leadership of President Boggs, the Board of Trustees will contribute in important ways to AULA’s unique mission of service, justice, and education.”

Susan Cole Hill
Hill is an independent business consultant. She is the former vice president of global human resources & organizational development for The Walt Disney Company, which she joined in 1994. Hill has held several positions relating to human resources and staffing, including serving as the director of global staffing and diversity for The Walt Disney Company. Hill worked as a managing consultant for Brentwood International and Conquest Associates, Inc., where she directed long-term minority recruiting programs instrumental in assisting Fortune 100 clients to meet EEOC requirements. With her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Mass Communications from Towson State University, Hill also has worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for CBS and NBC network affiliate television stations in North Carolina and Maryland.

“I am honored to join the Board of Trustees of Antioch University Los Angeles, as I am committed to working for social justice and working to improve the lives of the underserved,” says Hill.

Roland Palencia
Palencia is the community benefits director at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest public health care plan in the nation. He is the former executive director of Equality California, which is dedicated to achieving equality and to securing legal protections for California’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. In 2003, he was appointed as the Greater Los Angeles Area regional director at The California Endowment, a private health foundation. He’s served as executive director at Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, a Federally Qualified Health Center primarily serving Central American and Mexican immigrant populations, and was the chief of operations and vice president of the international AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Palencia has received many awards acknowledging his community service.

"I am proud and honored to be a Board of Trustee member of Antioch University Los Angeles, as I deeply believe in its bold vision of higher education being a powerful vehicle for social, economic, and environmental change,” says Palencia. “Antioch provides an education that transcends its classroom walls, and that lives in a dynamic world where the rest of society lives, well beyond the ivory tower."

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today's diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution, has served the greater Los Angeles area for 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the B.A. degree completion program and master’s degree programs in organizational management, education and teacher credentialing, psychology, creative writing and urban sustainability. AULA is part of the Antioch University system which has roots dating back to 1852 and was recently named one of the top 20 colleges most committed to community service by USA Today. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University was founded in 1964 and serves over 5,000 adult students around the world and across the country, online and at five campuses in four states.

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