PALM DESERT — Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton, a board trustee for College of the Desert has been elected as an officer for the 2019-2020 California Community College Trustees Board, COD has announced.

The CCCT Board takes positions on educational policy issues that come before the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the California State Legislature.

One of the fastest growing community colleges in the state, College of the Desert plays an important leadership role in the California Community Colleges system, the largest organization of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 115 colleges.

Sanchez-Fulton Named to Community College Board

Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton

“It gives me great pleasure to serve on the board of trustees for CCCT and to continue moving forward with initiatives that assist California’s community college students to attain their academic goals,” Trustee Sanchez-Fulton said in a prepared statement.

The CCCT convened for their annual business meeting during the Community College League of California’s 2019 Annual Trustees Conference, held May 4-5.

The Annual Trustees Conference offered an opportunity for trustees to strengthen their board governance practices, engage in conversations to ensure their colleges achieve student success outcomes and improve collaboration with their community.

New officers of the CCCT Board begin their terms on June 1, 2019.

Sanchez-Fulton,  who represents Area 2, took office on the COD Board of Trustees in 2012. In 2016, the College of the Desert Board of Trustees elected Sanchez-Fulton, its first Latino chairperson in the college’s 58-year history during its December board meeting. Sanchez-Fulton was elected as chairwoman in a 5-0 vote on Dec. 18.


About College of the Desert:

Established in 1958, College of the Desert, located in Palm Desert, is an accredited community college serving eastern Riverside County, California. The College leads the region in providing quality, higher education, technical training and lifelong learning opportunities, in response to the dynamic needs of our diverse community. The College serves more than 18,000 credit students and 1,000 non-credit students each year and is the number one source of transfer students to California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus. For more information, visit

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