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CMHS Announces New Board of Trustees

Ventura California, 11/10/2010

 Two prominent Ventura County educators – Dr. Richard R. Rush and Dr. Trudy Arriaga – have been appointed as members of Community Memorial Health System’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Rush became the first president of California State University Channel Islands, the 23rd and newest campus in the California State University system, in 2001. In his nine years at CSUCI, Dr. Rush has hired the faculty and all administrative staff in addition to overseeing the creation and development of the university’s academic and physical master plans. He also oversaw the budget and financial structure, and the advancement organization.

efore arriving at CSUCI, Dr. Rush spent nine years as president of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he established public-private partnerships that led to the first buildings in the State University system to be constructed using private financing. He earlier played a key role in the founding of CSU San Marcos while serving as Vice President in Charge during site selection and program establishment.

Dr. Rush, a Camarillo resident, attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where he was graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree after pursuing studies in English, classics and philosophy. He has a doctorate in English Renaissance literature from the UCLA and completed his dissertation while a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at The Huntington Library in San Marino. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at San Diego State University.

Dr. Arriaga, a life-long resident of Ventura, has been superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District since 2001. Prior to that she was VUSD’s Director of Administrative Support Services and also served assistant principal at DeAnza Middle School and as principal of Sheridan Way Elementary School and El Camino and Pacific high schools. Dr. Arriaga began working for the district as a paraeducator in 1975 and began her teaching career in 1981, teaching Grades 3 through Adult in Education, Migrant Education and Adult Education.

Dr. Arriaga holds a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Educational Education and Supervision from California State University Northridge. She earned her doctorate in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration from USC.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.