Peralta Colleges Trustee Abel Guillén Selected As Honorary Member Of Golden Key Society

OAKLAND, Calif., April 7, 2011 – Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillén was recently chosen as an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (GKIHS). A Trustee since 2006 and immediate past president of the Board of Trustees, Guillén has provided valuable leadership to the four East Bay colleges, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

“Abel Guillén was chosen because of his strong commitment to higher education and his efforts to expand educational access and opportunities to many students throughout our community and across California,” said Neelam Kapadia, vice president of GKIHS, California State University-East Bay. “He has demonstrated invaluable leadership through his efforts to reform Peralta – skills that embody the goals and values we aspire to instill in our students,” Kapadia said.

“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition, particularly because it comes from the students,” said Guillén. “It will be their ideas, their innovation and their resiliency that leads our community – and the nation – into the future.”

Reelected to the Board of Trustees last fall, Guillén plans to continue strengthening Peralta Colleges’ partnerships with California State Colleges and the University of California. More than 415 students from the Peralta Colleges transfer to the state universities annually, with another 330 students going to UC campuses each year.

Posted by Chris Gat