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It is with gratitude and honor to serve as President of SMC's General Advisory Board for the 2016-2018 term. My education and experiences at Santa Monica College have contributed to and enriched a local and global perspective. The opportunity to continue to learn, and enhance personal and professional skills are at the foundation of my core belief to be a lifelong learner.

Since its inception in 1929, Santa Monica College has provided a platform for the social, educational and professional growth of hundreds of thousands of students and graduates.

SMC’s General Advisory Board meets five times a year to learn about new programs and changes that are happening on SMC’s various campuses and facilities. From major construction projects and new facilities, to new educational opportunities, including SMC’s new 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree in Interaction Design, to the world-class entertainment and culturally relevant conversations at The Broad Stage and at SMC’s Main Campus, there is always something great to discover about Santa Monica College.

Our GAB members, that include prominent citizens and leaders in our community, join with college administrators and staff members, to socialize before our breakfast meetings and to voice information and concerns on issues that are raised at our meetings during presentations and discussions. With issues discussed and clarified, our members are prepared to promote SMC’s great programs, facilities and educational opportunities to the broader community. 

I look forward to working with everyone as the GAB welcomes new members; bringing knowledge, experience and innovation to a vibrant community. 

Sincerely,

Mina Patel 

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