Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo Appointed to Governor’s Community College Student Success Funding Formula Committee

Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo addresses the campus community on important Southwestern College initiatives, issues and success during her inaugural President’s Breakfast in January.

CHULA VISTA, California – Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Community College Student Success Funding Formula Oversight Committee. The Student Success Funding Formula is an initiative of California Community Colleges that aims to close the achievement gaps at all 115 community colleges in the state. Murillo’s committee position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

“It is an honor to be chosen by Governor Brown to serve on the Student Centered Funding Formula Oversight Committee,” Murillo said. “This work of the committee through evaluating the implementation of the new funding formula is critical to our California Community College system, the students and the communities we serve.”

Among the ways the new Student Success Funding Formula aims to close the achievement gap for more than 2 million community college students in California is to prioritize timely student success and outcomes and close equity gaps between low-income and underserved students. The formula will measure success based on students earning degrees and certificates, completing key progress milestones such as transfer-level math and English within their first year and transferring to a four-year university or earning a living wage within one year of graduating.

Murillo was appointed Southwestern College’s superintendent/president by the Southwestern College Governing Board in December 2016. Murillo is a passionate community college educator and advocate, having served the system for more than 20 years, including her most recent previous position as superintendent/president of Lake Tahoe Community College.

Among Murillo’s many accomplishments at Southwestern College include a focus on student and employee equity, a champion for student access and closing the achievement gap, and open transparency and communication through her popular “Things to Know” column emailed to all employees several times each week.