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Governor Appoints Sandoval to Commission

Gov. Davis Appoints UC Riverside Vice Chancellor to California Student Aid Commission

Commission Oversees $2.4 Billion in Grants and Loans

(April 15, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Governor Gray Davis has appointed UC Riverside Vice Chancellor James W. Sandoval to the California Student Aid Commission, effective immediately.

The Commission's grant programs provide students, many from traditionally underrepresented populations, with opportunities to continue their education beyond high school. The Commission also administers a loan repayment program for prospective K-12 teachers and a state work-study program. Members do not receive a salary.

“I’m grateful for the Governor’s confidence in me and I am honored to serve on this commission,” Sandoval said. “I believe fully in the right of all students to pursue their educational dreams and in the benefits an educated population provides to society.”

Sandoval, 42, has served as vice chancellor of the Student Affairs Division since 2000. He has more than 20 years experience working in the University of California System, primarily in the realm of student services and financial aid. He started at UC Riverside in 1989 as the Director of Financial Aid and later served as Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellor and Registrar. Before that, Sandoval served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Assistant Director of Medical Student Financial Aid for UC Irvine. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a masters degree in public administration from California State University, Fullerton.

The California Student Aid Commission, created in 1955 by the Legislature, is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. Today the commission administers over $2.4 billion in grants and loan guarantees and provides financial aid policy analysis and leadership in partnership with California's colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations.
The Governor appoints 11 members of the commission to represent the state’s higher education community. The Speaker of the Assembly and the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee appoint the other four members, to represent the general public.

Commission members must go through Senate confirmation process, which can happen up to a year after the appointment, even as the commission members are serving, according to the Governor’s office.

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