Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday appointed former Assembly Member Connie Conway, a Tulare Republican, to the 17-member California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
The board sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 112 colleges in the state’s community college system.
It’s not entirely surprising that Brown, a Democrat, appointed Conway. The two had a good relationship while Conway was in the Assembly, and Conway has also shown an interest in higher education — particularly at the community college level.
Not long after starting her first Assembly term in 2009, Conway introduced a bill that proposed expanding career-technical education programs within the California Community College system. At the time, she noted that career-technical education was a personal interest.
And during Conway’s tenure as Assembly Republican Leader, one of the caucus’ legislative priorities was keeping higher education affordable in California.
Conway, 64, reached her term limit in the Assembly last year. She was the Assembly’s GOP leader from 2010 to 2014. Conway is also planning to run for Bakersfield Republican Jean Fuller’s state Senate seat in 2018, when Fuller reaches her term limit.
Appointed along with Conway was Jennifer Perry, a Los Angeles Democrat who has been executive director at the Children’s Action Network since 1990.
The appointments require Senate confirmation. The compensation is $100 per diem.