Pacific Oaks College and Children's School Welcomes New Chair and Trustees

Jun 17, 2010, 09:16 ET from Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School

Dr. Michael Horowitz, Dean Chung, Dorothy Farris, and Linda Havard Join Governing Board of Renowned Early Childhood Education College and Preschool

PASADENA, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The governing body of Pacific Oaks College and Children's School welcomed a new chair and three new trustees at its first meeting of the 2010–2011 academic year on June 16. Now with 10 members, the Board of Trustees provides governance and counsel to one of the nation's most renowned colleges devoted to early childhood education and one of the most recognized preschools in the region.



Receiving the gavel from retiring chair Dr. Curt McCray is Michael Horowitz, Ph.D. Dr. Horowitz is the founding president and CEO of the nonprofit TCS Education System (TCS ES), a network of specialized institutions backed by a shared model of education that prepares socially responsible, culturally competent professionals in applied fields such as psychology and behavioral sciences, health and human services, and education and human development. The collection of colleges and graduate schools within TCS ES include The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and Pacific Oaks College.

"I thank Dr. McCray for his dedication and hard work in advancing Pacific Oaks College through a challenging period, leading the search for our accomplished president, Dr. Cindy Carter, and working with faculty, staff, and TCS ES to stabilize the institution and extend the College's great legacy," said Dr. Horowitz. "I look forward to working with existing and new board members, and the entire Pacific Oaks community, in broadening the reach of both institutions to empower more children and adults with the tools to advance social justice, reduce bias, and realize their own potential."

Additional new members of the Pacific Oaks College and Children's School Board of Trustees include:

Dean Chung, M.B.A, leads corporate strategy practice for management consulting firm Insightout. Chung has deep expertise in IT strategy and regularly provides pro bono assistance in strategic planning and corporate governance to nonprofit boards.

Dorothy Farris, vice president of worldwide sales for Jupiter Systems Inc., the industry leader in display wall processors, and immediate past president of the Leadership California Board.

Linda Havard, M.B.A., former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Playboy Enterprises Inc. Havard has served on the board of non-profit organizations, a publicly-traded energy company, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

The four new trustees join an accomplished and diverse group of community leaders who serve the Pacific Oaks mission:

Olin Barrett, M.B.A., former managing director of Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Inc. (retired)

Norris Bernstein, general management consultant

Jeff Keith, M.B.A., senior vice president and CFO, TCS Education System

Jerry Mandel, Ph.D., president, Jerry Mandel and Associates

Mary Turner Pattiz, Psy.D., certified drug and alcohol counselor and group leader

Allison Shearmur, Esq., president of production at Lionsgate Films

About Pacific Oaks College and Children's School

Pacific Oaks College offers bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, and teaching credentialing.

Founded in 1959 by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College is dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. The institution is known and recognized for its pioneering efforts to reduce bias within our nation's education system, and for equipping graduates with the skills they need to empower those with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and strengths to uncover and realize their unique individual potential. Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC),

Founded in 1945, Pacific Oaks Children's School provides experiential early childhood learning and daycare, and is widely recognized as one of the finest preschools in the Los Angeles region.

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