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Governor Appoints Sarita Brown to Board of Visitors

The governor's office recently announced the appointment of Sarita E. Brown to the Old Dominion Board of Visitors, effective Dec. 10, 2008. She fills the unexpired term of Bill Chick, who resigned from the board in November.

Brown, the president of Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C., has spent more than two decades at prominent national academic and educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to develop more effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students.

From the start of her career at the University of Texas at Austin, where she created a national model promoting minority success in graduate education, to her service as executive director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, to her current position, she has focused her work on expanding the country's human capital through improving the quality of higher education.

She launched Excelencia in Education in 2004. The organization's goal is to accelerate higher education success for Latino students.

Brown holds a bachelor's degree in ethnic studies, and bachelor's and master's degrees in communication, from the University of Texas at Austin.

This article was posted on: February 4, 2009

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