By Alex Emslie
Milton Marks III replaced Lawrence Wong as president of the City College Board of Trustees during their first meeting of 2009. The election of Marks follows a long standing tradition of the Board to appoint the trustee who received the most votes in November to president. Trustee Marks was re-elected to the Board by 150,593 votes, slightly more than 20 percent of the electorate. Wong remains on the board.
“I really appreciated the confidence in the board and the confidence of the voters of San Francisco. I’m looking forward to a productive year in the face of really challenging times,” Marks said.
Natalie Berg was re-elected to Vice President of the Board at the same meeting. She has served City College for 12 years on the Board and for 30 years as an administrator. Outgoing President Wong complimented Berg while presenting her with a recognition of appreciation for her service in 2008.
“It’s always been a privilege and an honor for us to have Natalie Berg here at San Francisco Community College,” Wong said.
All Board members congratulated Marks during their reports at the end of the meeting. Berg closed her report by plainly stating the future challenge for City College. “You’re going to be dealing with a lot of extra students and a lot less money coming in,” she said.