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MCCCD Governing Board Elects New President

The Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board held a special meeting over the weekend to elect a new president. Board members unanimously elected Laurin Hendrix.

Past president Alfredo Gutierrez said while he was already planning to step down as president in September for personal reasons, he decided to move that up. 

He explained new leadership was needed because disagreements about how recent employee allegations of HR department document tampering were handled were becoming divisive and unproductive.

"There was unhappiness on the part of some people that there was a report at all," Gutierrez said. "There was an unhappiness on the part of others that it was public. There was an unhappiness in general."

The board’s new president Laurin Hendrix has been serving on the college system’s governing board since January.

"I’m surprised as a new member. I’m happy," said Hendrix in response to his new role. "I hope I can bring some unity to the board. Beyond that it’s still a little new."

He said he’s still forming a plan for what he’d like to accomplish as board president, but adds he’d like to shift the role of board secretary to look more like that of a vice chair. 

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Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.