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Trustee Judy Chen Haggerty Elected to National Board

Judy Chen Haggerty with Laura Santos at the ACCT Conference

October 28, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Judy holds ACCT awardLongtime Mt. San Antonio College Board Member Judy Chen Haggerty has prevailed in winning a director-at-large seat on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board.

Ms. Chen Haggerty was the top vote getter for the position, beating out three other candidates. She will be the sole female Asian Pacific Islander on the board.

“I have a very clear understanding of our students’ needs and the issues and challenges facing the community college system,” said Ms. Chen Haggerty, who has been a law professor at Rio Hondo College for 19 years. “I will always advocate in the best interests of our students.”

Ms. Chen Haggerty, elected to Mt. SAC’s board in 2001, serves Rowland Heights, a portion of Diamond Bar, and south Walnut.  She was the first Asian-American to serve on the Mt. SAC board.

Ms. Chen Haggerty was most recently the chair of the ACCT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and immediate past-chair of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American Caucus. She is the founding director of the Asian-American/ Pacific Islander Trustees Association. She is also the chair of the ACCT Charles Kennedy Equity Award Committee.

Judy Chen HaggertyMs. Chen Haggerty has been a practicing attorney since 1986 and currently serves on the governing board of Whittier Medical Center. Her 30-plus-year community service profile includes: founding director of FORUS foundation (Rowland Unified School District), founding president of Rowland Chinese Association, executive board member for Mt. SAC Foundation, and vice president of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council.

The ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT is a major voice of community college trustees to the presidential administration, U.S. Congress, and the Departments of Education and Labor.