Fresno Unified's school board voted in closed session Wednesday to hire longtime Fresno public relations leader Micheline Golden as the district's new chief information officer. Golden will start in mid-March and be paid $119,600.
"I'm just thrilled to be here, it's very exciting," she said.
Golden replaces Jamilah Fraser, who resigned in August after nearly a year and a half on the job. Fraser currently works as a communications contractor for the district and as a public relations administrator at Medgar Evers College in New York.
Golden has more than 20 years of experience and is well-known for her recent work at Children's Hospital Central California and as the public relations officer for Fresno County. She's also served as a spokeswoman for the Clovis Police Department.
The Fresno native took a hiatus from public relations for the last three years to work as the owner of a Clovis-based yarn business called Knit Addiction.
Golden's husband, Ray, and daughter Samantha, a junior at Clovis High, joined her at the school board meeting. Golden has two other daughters, Asheline Beeson, a Fresno State student, and Chelsea Beeson, a student at St. Mary's College.
Golden is a Clovis High School graduate. She has a bachelor's degree in history and rhetoric from the University of California at Davis.
This is the second hiring go-around for the board, which voted in October to appoint a Florida woman to the district's top communications job. The applicant, Natalia Powers, later backed out of the offer.
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