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ACCC Trustee Named Chair of State Education Board

November 15, 2007

Maria Ivette Torres, a member of Atlantic Cape Community College's Board of Trustees, was voted chairperson of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) board.

The Mays Landing resident and former Oakcrest High School guidance counselor has been a member of HESAA since 1999. HESAA is a nonprofit New Jersey authority that provides students and families with financial and informational resources for students to pursue education beyond high school. Each year, HESAA delivers more than $1.5 billion in financial aid through grants, scholarships and loans.

"HESAA is fortunate to have a diligent, intelligent and ethical leader. Maria's commitment to service to the students has been her touchstone, and it is one that serves all of us well," said Dr. Peter Mora, ACCC president.

Torres joined the ACCC Board of Trustees in 2003. She was recently appointed to a second term and serves on the Academic and Student Affairs and Personnel committees. She is also an active member of the Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County.